Famous Mathematicians from Scotland

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List of notable or famous mathematicians from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Scotland and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Scotland is included when available.

List contains people like James Gregory and John Napier.

This historic mathematicians from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Scotland?" These prominent mathematicians of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish mathematicians.

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    Alexander Macfarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Alexander Macfarlane FRSE was a Scottish logician, physicist, and mathematician. Macfarlane was born in Blairgowrie, Scotland and studied at the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral thesis "The disruptive discharge of electricity" reported on experimental results from the laboratory of Peter Guthrie ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1851-1913)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, Blairgowrie and Rattray, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist
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    Alexander Wilson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Alexander Wilson FRSE was a Scottish surgeon, type-founder, astronomer, mathematician and meteorologist. He was the first scientist to record the use of kites in meteorological investigations. His son Patrick Wilson succeeded him as Regius Professor of Practical Astronomy at Glasgow University, in 1784.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1714-1786)
    • Birthplace: St Andrews, Scotland
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    Colin Mackenzie

    Colin Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Colonel Colin Mackenzie was Scottish army officer in the British East India Company who later became the first Surveyor General of India. He was a collector of antiquities and an orientalist. He surveyed southern India, making use of local interpreters and scholars to study religion, oral histories, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1754-1821)
    • Birthplace: Stornoway, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Engineer
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    David Brewster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA FSSA MICE was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer, historian of science and university principal. Most noted for his contributions to the field of optics, he studied the double refraction by compression and discovered the photoelastic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1781-1868)
    • Birthplace: Scottish Borders, Jedburgh, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Writer, Philosopher
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    David Gregory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    David Gregory FRS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He was professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, and a commentator on Isaac Newton's Principia. The fourth of the fifteen children of David Gregorie, a doctor from ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1659-1708)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician
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    David Wallace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FREng, DL is a physicist and was the Master of Churchill College, Cambridge. from 2006 to 2014. more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist
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    Eric Temple Bell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    Eric Temple Bell was a Scottish-born mathematician and science fiction writer who lived in the United States for most of his life. He published non-fiction under his given name and fiction as John Taine. more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1883-1960)
    • Birthplace: Peterhead, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Novelist, Writer
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    James Clerk Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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    James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE was a Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1831-1879)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer
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