Alfred Lodge

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Alfred Lodge
Born 1854
Penkhull, Staffordshire
Died 1 December 1937
Oxford
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Known for president of The Mathematical Association
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions St John’s College, Oxford,
Royal Indian Engineering College

Professor Alfred Lodge MA (1854 – 1 December 1937), was an English mathematician, author, and the first president of The Mathematical Association.

Alfred Lodge was born in 1854 at Penkhull, Staffordshire, one of nine children to Oliver Lodge (1826–1884) and Grace, née Heath (1826–1879). His siblings included physicist Sir Oliver Lodge, and historians Sir Richard Lodge and Eleanor Constance Lodge. He attended Horncastle Grammar School, afterwards studying at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1876 he became a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, and in 1884 joined the Royal Indian Engineering College at Egham, there becoming a professor of pure mathematics, succeeding Joseph Wolstenholme in 1889. From 1904 until after the First World War he was a master at Charterhouse School.[1][2] In 1897 Lodge became the first president of The Mathematical Association after its name change from The Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching.[3]

Lodge was at times associated with his brother Oliver Lodge’s preoccupation with psychic phenomena, although stating that his interest only lay where this seemed to apply to mathematics.[2]

Alfred Lodge died at Oxford on 1 December 1937. He was father of two sons, Charles and Christopher.[1][2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 1895 – Mensuration for senior students. ISBN 1130347621
  • 1899 – Matter, Ether and Motion: The Factors and Relations of Physical Science, edited English edition by Professor Alfred Lodge.[4]
  • 1904 – Elementary mechanics including hydrostatics and pneumatics, with Oliver Lodge and Charles S. Lodge. ISBN 1176576577
  • 1905 – Differential Calculus for Beginners. ISBN 1147272581
  • 1905 – Integral calculus for beginners. ISBN 1231963778
  • 1906 – "Semi-convergent Series for JnX" in Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 76th. Annual Meeting, York
  • 1910 – "Reports on the State of Science" committee report on The Further tabulation of Bessel Functions, for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 80th Annual Meeting, Sheffield[5]
  • 1923 – Differential Calculus for Beginners – Primary Source Edition. ISBN 1293005665
  • 1927 – "The Graphic Solution of Quadratic Equations", The Mathematical Gazette[6]
  • 1933 – paper on the "Larmor-Lorentz transformations", published in the Philosophical Magazine; co-written Oliver Lodge[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prof. Alfred Lodge", Obituary, Nature. Nature Publishing Group. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Lodge Arrives in Sidney", Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Oct 1930, p. 10. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  3. ^ "Presidents of the Association", The Mathematical Association. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  4. ^ Dolbear, Amos Emerson; Matter, Ether and Motion: The Factors and Relations of Physical Science, reprint CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), ISBN 1484047605. Report in The Guardian, 4 October 1899, p. 16. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  5. ^ The Further tabulation of Bessel Functions, in the State of Science report p. 37, John Murray, London, 1911, for the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 80th Annual Meeting, Sheffield, 1910. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  6. ^ “The Graphic Solution of Quadratic Equations”, The Mathematical Gazette Vol. 13, No. 187, (1927), pp. 313–318. The Mathematical Association, George Bell & Sons. Jstor registration required. Retrieved 13 April 2014
  7. ^ Rowlands, Peter Lodge; Oliver Lodge and the Liverpool Physical Society, Liverpool University Press (1990), p. 282. ISBN 0853230277