Horatio Scott Carslaw

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Dr Horatio Scott Carslaw FRSE LLD (12 February 1870, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland – 11 November 1954, Burradoo, New South Wales, Australia) was a Scottish-Australian mathematician.[1][2] The book he wrote with his colleague John Conrad Jaeger, Conduction of Heat in Solids, remains a classic in the field.


He was born in Helensburgh the son of the Rev Dr William Henderson Carslaw[3] (a Free Church minister) and his wife, Elizabeth Lockhead.[1] He was educated at The Glasgow Academy. He went on to study at Cambridge University and then obtained a postgraduate doctorate at Glasgow University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1901.[4]

In 1903, upon the retirement of Theodore Thomas Gurney,[5] Carslaw was appointed Professor and the Chair of Pure and Applied Mathematics in the now School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. He retired in 1935[6] to his house in Burradoo where he produced most of his best work.[1] The Carslaw Building at the University, completed in the 1960s and containing the School, is named after him.[7]

He died at home in Burradoo and was buried in the Anglican section of Bowral Cemetery.[1]


He married Ethel Maude Clarke (daughter of Sir William Clarke, 1st Baronet[1])in 1907 but she died later in the same year.[4]


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