Minchin, George

George Minchin (1845-1914)

George Minchin, mathematician, was born at Valentia Island, Co. Kerry in 1845. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin where he Studied Mathematics. In 1875 he was appointed Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Royal Indian Engineering College at Coopers Hill in London, now part of Brunel University.

Minchin wrote several mathematical texts, Statics was the best known and ran to seven editions. As well as his mathematical work, he investigated wireless waves, X-rays and photo-electricity at Coopers Hill and University College London and he invented and developed an absolute sine-electrometer for measuring voltage.

Minchin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1895.

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