Famous Mathematicians from Scotland

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
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    Prof Alexander Macfarlane FRSE LLD (21 April 1851 – 28 August 1913) was a Scottish logician, physicist, and mathematician.
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1851-1913)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, Blairgowrie and Rattray, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
  • Alexander Wilson
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    Prof Alexander Wilson (1714 – 16 October 1786) was a Scottish surgeon, type-founder, astronomer, mathematician and meteorologist. He was the first scientist to use of kites in meteorological investigations.His son Patrick Wilson succeeded him as Regius Professor of Practical Astronomy at Glasgow University, in 1784.
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1714-1786)
    • Birthplace: St Andrews, Scotland
  • Colin Mackenzie
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    Colin Mackenzie

    Colonel Colin Mackenzie CB (1754–8 May 1821) 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, inscriptions and other evidence initially out of personal interest and later as a surveyor. He was ordered to survey the Mysore region shortly after the British victory over Tipu Sultan in 1799 and produced the first maps of the region along with illustrations of the landscape and notes on archaeological landmarks. His collections consisting of thousands of manuscripts, ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1754-1821)
    • Birthplace: Stornoway, United Kingdom
  • David Brewster
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    Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA(Scot) FSSA MICE (11 December 1781 – 10 February 1868) was a British scientist, inventor, author, and academic administrator. In science he is principally remembered for his experimental work in physical optics, mostly concerned with the study of the polarization of light and including the discovery of Brewster's angle. He studied the birefringence of crystals under compression and discovered photoelasticity, thereby creating the field of optical mineralogy. For this work, William Whewell dubbed him the "father of modern experimental optics" and "the Johannes Kepler of optics."A pioneer in photography, Brewster invented an improved stereoscope, which he ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1781-1868)
    • Birthplace: Jedburgh, United Kingdom
  • David Gregory
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    David Gregory (originally spelt Gregorie) FRS (1661 – 10 October 1708) was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He was professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and later Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, and a proponent of Isaac Newton's Principia.
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1659-1708)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • David Wallace
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    Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FREng (born 7 October 1945) is a British physicist and academic. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University from 1994 to 2005, and the Master of Churchill College, Cambridge from 2006 to 2014.
    • Age: 78