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George Francis Fitzgerald

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Professor George Francis Fitzgerald, (c.1851-1901), Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin,

He was educated at Trinity College, and was junior science scholar in 1870.

In the following year he won the University Studentship with two first senior moderatorships in mathematics and experimental science. Six years later he won his Fellowship.

In 1880 he was appointed registrar of the University Engineering School, and in the following year be was elected to the post of Erasmus Smith Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy. He took his degree of Doctor of Science in the University in the summer of 1891.

1888 Professor Fitzgerald was president of Section A of the British Association at its congress in Bath, and he held the position of examiner for London University in experimental sciences since 1888.

1883 He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and he acted as hon. secretary of the Royal Dublin Society between the years 1881 and 1889.

He was a most accomplished mathematician, one of the few men, however, who regard and use mathematics as a tool and not as something whose utility is of no value. In scientific controversy he was an extremely hard hitter; but be was never unfair, and even those who differed most widely from him respected and admired him. For the rest he was a genial Irish gentleman, always ready to help on any good work, a man liked and loved and valued, one who had he been less modest would long since have attained to a worldwide reputation.

1901 Died at the early age of fifty. [1]


1901 Obituary [2]



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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1901/03/01
  2. 1901 Institution of Electrical Engineers: Obituaries