Norman Macleod Ferrers

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Norman Macleod Ferrers D.D. (11 August 1829 – 31 January 1903) was a British mathematician and university administrator.


Ferrers was educated at Eton College before studying at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Senior Wrangler in 1851. He was appointed to a Fellowship at the college in 1852, and was ordained in 1859. In 1880, he was appointed Master of the college, and served as vice-chancellor of Cambridge University from 1884 to 1885.[1]

He is remembered for pointing out a conjugacy in integer partition diagrams, which are accordingly called Ferrers diagrams and are closely related to Young diagrams.

He died at the College Lodge on 31 January 1903..[2]


On 3 April 1866, he married Emily, daughter of John Lamb, dean of Bristol. They had four sons and one daughter.[2]



  1. ^ "Ferrers, Rev. Norman Macleod". Who Was Who 1920–2008. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b  Venn, John (1912). "Ferrers, Norman MacLeod". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Edwin Guest
Master of Gonville and Caius College
Succeeded by
Ernest Stewart Roberts