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Henry William Watson

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Death: January 11, 1903 (75)
Berkswell nr Coventry, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Watson and Eleanor Mary Watson
Husband of Emily Frances Watson
Father of Lilian Mary Watson; Erskine Gerald Watson and Maud Edith Eleanor Watson

Occupation: Vicar. Rector of Berkswell
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About Henry William Watson

Rev. Henry William Watson (February 25, 1827, Marylebone, London – January 11, 1903, Berkswell near Coventry) was a noted mathematician and author of a number of mathematics books.

He was educated at King's College London and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1881. He was responsible, together with Francis Galton for the Galton–Watson process.

Books by H. W. Watson

  • The mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism (Volume 1: electrostatics) (Clarendon, Oxford, 1885–1889)
  • The mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism (Volume 2: magnetism & electrodynamics) (Clarendon, Oxford, 1885–1889)
  • A treatise on the application of generalised coordinates to the kinetics of a material system (Clarendon, Oxford, 1879)
  • A treatise on the kinetic theory of gases (Clarendon, Oxford, 1893)

A Cambridge Alumni Database


  • Adm. pens. at TRINITY, Feb. 10, 1846. [S. of Thomas, R.N. (and Eleanor Mary Kingston). B. Feb. 25, 1827.] School, King's College, London. Matric. Michs. 1846; Scholar, 1848; B.A. (2nd Wrangler and 2nd Smith's prize) 1850; M.A. 1853; Sc.D. 1884.
  • Fellow, 1851; assistant tutor, 1851-3. Adm. at Lincoln's Inn, Oct. 17, 1851.
  • Assistant Master at the City of London School, 1854-6. Ord. deacon (Ely) 1856; priest ( London) 1858.
  • Mathematical Lecturer at King's College, London, 1857.
  • Assistant Master at Harrow, 1857-65.
  • R. of Berkswell with Barston, Warws., 1865-1902.
  • F.R.S., 1881.
  • One of the founders of the Alpine Club, 1857.
  • Married, 1856, Emily, dau. of Henry Rowe, of Cambridge, and had issue.
  • Author, Treatise on the Kinetic Theory of Gases; Mathematical Theory of Electricity and Magnetism, etc. (with S. H. Burbury, 1849). Died Jan. 11, 1903, at Brighton.
  • Father of Erskine G. (1878).
  • (Inns of Court; Crockford; Who was Who; D.N.B.; Sir F. Galton, Memories, 306.)


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Henry William Watson's Timeline

February 25, 1827
London, England
Age 30
Middlesex, England