Rugby, Warwickshire

Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

Rugby School is one of the archetypal English public schools. H.J.S. Smith was a student in 1841-1843.

Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was a student in 1846-1850 and the student mathematics society is called the Dodgson Society.

Frederick Temple was Headmaster in 1858-1869 [1].

Charles Howard Hinton was a student in the 1860s [2].

R.A. Fisher taught here in c1915-1919 [3]. John Robinson, the sculptor who frequently uses mathematical concepts, was a student before joining the merchant navy.

J. Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), the pioneer spectroscopist who discovered helium in the sun, was born in Rugby.

Rugby is also the site of the BT transmitter which broadcasts a coded time signal which allows receivers to know the year, month, day, hour, minute and second. Such receivers are now built into wristwatches! The time signal is provided by the National Physical Laboratory.

References (show)

  1. Greenwood, Douglas. Who's Buried Where in England. (1982); 2nd ed., Constable, London, 1990, pp.160-161
  2. Rucker, Rudolf v. B., ed. Speculations on the Fourth Dimension. Selected Writings of Charles H. Hinton. Dover, NY, 1980.
  3. Goodhart, C. B. Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher, Sc.D, F.R.S. The Caian (Nov 1990) 68-73 (with photo on p. 69).

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