Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1854 to 1914)

Lived as a boarder at 77 Central Hill in 1901

Was born on 11 February 1854 in Beverley, Massachusetts, USA, the son of Benjamin Peirce and Rebecca Orme and died on 14 January 1914 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  He was a mathematician who became an important figure in the USA.  He became Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard University in 1888.  He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in the USA from 1896 to 1898.  He was the founder of the American Physical Society when it began in 1899 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in the USA in 1906.  In 1912 he represented Harvard University at the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society of London.

Edwin Hall writes that:

‘He was a great scholar and remarkable man.  Big and powerful of body, and ambidextrous, he was in mind also capable and proficient far beyond the ordinary measure of his fellows.’

He lived at 77 Central Hill in 1901 with his wife Isabella while he was convalescing from illness.

Citations

( Maths History at St Andrews)