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GEORGE SALMON (1819-1904)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 82 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GEORGE SALMON (1819-1904), British mathematician and divine, was born in Dublin on the 25th of September 1819 and educated at Trinity College in that city. Having become senior moderator in mathematics and a fellow of Trinity, he took holy orders, and was appointed regius professor of divinity in Dublin University in 1866, a position which he retained until 1888, when he was chosen provost of Trinity College. He was provost until his death on the 22nd of January 1904. As a mathematician Salmon was a fellow of the Royal Society, and was president of the mathematical and physical section of the British Association in 1878. He was a D.C.L. of Oxford and an LL.D. of Cambridge. His published mathematical works include: Analytic Geometry o Three Dimensions (1862), Treatise on Conic Sections (4th ed., 1863 and Treatise on the Higher Plane Curves (2nd ed., 1873) ; these books are of the highest value, and have been translated into several languages. As a theologian he wrote Historical Introduction to the Study of the New Testament (1885), The Infallibility of the Church (1888), Non-Miraculous Christianity (1881) and The Reign of Law (1873).
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