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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 Tait. In 1878 Macfarlane was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh During his life, Macfarlane played a prominent role in research and education. He taught at the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, was physics professor at the University of Texas, professor of Advanced Electricity, and later of mathematical physics, at Lehigh University. MacFarlane was the secretary of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 62 (1851-1913)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Perth and Kinross, Blairgowrie and Rattray, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, + more

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 72 (1714-1786)

Birthplace: St Andrews, Scotland

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Colin Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mathematicians from Scotland
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Colin Mackenzie

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, 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, inscriptions, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 67 (1754-1821)

Birthplace: Stornoway, United Kingdom

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 effect, which gave birth to the field of optical mineralogy. For his work, William Whewell dubbed him the "Father of modern experimental optics" and "the Johannes Kepler of Optics." He is well-recognized for being the inventor of the kaleidoscope and an improved version of the stereoscope applied to photography. He called it the "lenticular stereoscope", which was the first portable, 3D viewing ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 87 (1781-1868)

Birthplace: Jedburgh, United Kingdom

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