Beyer Chair of Applied Mathematics

The Beyer Chair of Applied Mathematics is an endowed professorial position in the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, England. The endowment came from the engineer Charles Frederick Beyer, a generous supporter of the University.

The first appointment in 1881 was of Arthur Schuster who held the position until 1888. After Schuster’s departure, the chair of Mathematics to which Horace Lamb had been appointed in 1885 became the Beyer Professorship of Mathematics and remained so until Lamb’s retirement in 1920. At this point an existing chair, of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy to which Sydney Chapman had been appointed in 1919, was renamed the Beyer Professorship of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. After Chapman’s resignation, the Beyer title was applied to the chair of Applied Mathematics. There was no incumbent between 1937-1945.

The chair has always been considered a prodigious professorship, witness for example by the fact that all the holders of the post who are now retired were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, an honour bestowed on a small minority of UK mathematics professors. Lamb, Champman Milne and Goldstein all received the Smith's Prize and indication of early career promise.

A complete list of the Beyer professors is as follows

*Arthur Schuster 1881-1888
*Horace Lamb 1888-1920
*Sydney Chapman 1920-1924 (Beyer Prof of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy)
*Edward Arthur Milne 1924- 1928
*Douglas Hartree 1929- 1937 [http://www.vuse.vanderbilt.edu/~cff/Reminiscence_CFF.pdf]
*Sydney Goldstein 1945-1950
*James Lighthill 1950-1959
*Fritz Ursell 1961-1990
*Philip Hall 1991-1996
*David Abrahams 1996 (present holder)

The other endowed chairs in mathematics at the University of Manchester are the Richardson Chair of Applied Mathematics and the Fielden Chair of Pure Mathematics.


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