Joseph Wolstenholme

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Joseph Wolstenholme
Born (1829-09-30)September 30, 1829
Eccles, Greater Manchester
Died November 19, 1891(1891-11-19) (aged 62)
Nationality  United Kingdom
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Royal Indian Engineering College
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Known for Wolstenholme primes
Wolstenholme's theorem
Wolstenholme numbers

Joseph Wolstenholme (September 30, 1829 – November 18, 1891) was an English mathematician.

Wolstenholme was born in Eccles near Salford, Lancashire, England. He graduated from St John's College, Cambridge as Third Wrangler in 1850 and was elected a fellow of Christ's College in 1852. He became a professor of mathematics at the Royal Indian Engineering College at Cooper's Hill, Egham near London from 1871 to 1889, and was the author of Mathematical problems.

He was a close friend of Leslie Stephen from his undergraduate studies at Cambridge. Virginia Woolf used his personality for the character Augustus Carmichael in her novel To the Lighthouse. His sister was the feminist Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme Elmy.


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