William Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865) MP

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Birthplace: 38 Dominick Street, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Death: Died in Dublin, Ireland
Cause of death: severe gout
Occupation: Astronomer, mathemetician, invented Quaternions
Managed by: Philip Watkins
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About William Rowan Hamilton

William Rowan Hamilton

Hamilton became professor of astronomy at TCD and royal astronomer of Ireland. Hamilton was a prodigy and knew 13 languages by the age of 9. He introduced the terms ‘scalar’ and ‘vector’ into mathematics, and he invented the method of quanternions as a new algebraic approach to 3D geometry. This turned out to be the seed of much modern algebra

Today there is a Crater Hamilton on the moon, in memory of this great mathematician.

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  1. William Rowan Hamilton(1805–1865) by T.D. Spearman, School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin, proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy.(1995)
  2. Sir William Rowan Hamilton
  3. Wikipedia
  4. William Rowan Hamilton (Mathematician and Astronomer) Hamilton had a fascinating personality. He was described by friends as having "a buoyant cheerfulness and a kindly human-heartedness" and was legendary for his great courtesy and amiability. Women invariably found him charming and apparently attractive because of his obvious intelligence.
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William Hamilton's Timeline

1805
August 4, 1805
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
1834
1834
Age 28
1835
1835
Age 29
1865
September 2, 1865
Age 60
Dublin, Ireland
September, 1865
Age 60
Dublin, Ireland

Inscription:

here lie
the mortal remains
of
SIR WILLIAM ROWAN HAMILTON
Royal Astronomer of Ireland
he was born Aug. 4, 1805
he died Sept. 2, 1865

in the love of God waiting for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life
Jude 21
also of his sister
ARCHIANNA P.H. HAMILTON

also of his daughter
HELEN E.A. HAMILTON
wife of the venerable John O'Regan
born August 11, 1840
died June 21, 1870

and of her husband
the venerable JOHN O'REGAN
archdeacon of Kildare
born Christmas Day, 1817
died Good Friday April 8, 1898

[unclear word] Animae

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