See also:English mathematician and geologist, was
See also:born at
See also:Kingston-on-Soar, in Nottingham-
See also:shire, on the 2nd of
See also:February 1793 . In his youth he learned
See also:agriculture in Norfolk and afterwards took an extensive
See also:farm in
See also:Suffolk . In this he was unsuccessful . At the age of
See also:thirty he entered St
See also:College, Cambridge, taking his degree of B.A. in 1827 as seventh wrangler and M.A. in 183o . In 1833 he published Elements of Trigonometry . He was distinguished for his mathematical knowledge, and became eminently successful as a private tutor, many of his pupils attaining high distinction . About 1833, through
See also:meeting Sedgw•ick at
See also:Barmouth and joining him in several excursions, he became intensely interested in geology . Thereafter, in papers published by the Cambridge Philosophical Society and the
See also:Geological Society of
See also:London, he entered largely into mathematical inquiries connected with geology, dealing with the effects which an elevatory force acting from below would produce on a portion of the
See also:earth's crust, in fissures, faults, &c . In this way he discussed the
See also:elevation and denudation of the Lake
See also:district, the
See also:area, and the Bas Boulonnais . He wrote also on the motion of glaciers and the transport of erratic blocks . So ably had he grappled with many difficult problems that in 185o the Wollaston medal was awarded to him by the Geological Society of London; and in the following
See also:year he was elected
See also:president . In his second address (1853) he criticized
See also:Elie de
See also:Beaumont's theory of the elevation of
See also:mountain-chains and showed the imperfect evidence on which it rested .
He brought before the Geological Society in 1851 an importantpaper On the Causes which may have produced changes in the Earth's superficial Temperature . He was president of the
See also:British Association for 1853 . His later researches included observations on the conductivity of various substances for
See also:heat, and on the effect of pressure on the temperature of
See also:fusion of different bodies . He died at Cambridge on the 13th of
See also:October 1866 . Obituary by W . W .
See also:Smyth, in Quart . Journ . Geol .
See also:Soc . (1867), p.
See also:xxix .
SAMUEL HOPKINS (1721–1803)
FRANCIS HOPKINSON (1737–1791)
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