Norman Macleod Ferrers

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Norman Macleod Ferrers
Born (1829-08-11)11 August 1829
Prinknash Park, Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, England
Died 31 January 1903(1903-01-31) (aged 73)
Cambridge, England
Alma mater Eton College, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Spouse Emily Lamb (m. 1866)
Children 4 sons and 1 daughter

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, awas called to the bar in 1855 and was ordained deacon in 1859 and priest in 1860. 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.

See also Ferrers functions.

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
Preceded by
James Porter
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Charles Anthony Swainson