James Cullen (mathematician)

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Father James Cullen, S.J. (19 April 1867 – 7 December 1933) was born at Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland.

He was born at 89 West Street, Drogheda, to Michael Cullen, a baker, and Catherine McDonough.[1] Initially, he was educated privately, then by the Christian Brothers,.[2] He studied pure and applied mathematics at the Trinity College, Dublin, then at Mungret College, Limerick, before deciding to become a Jesuit. He studied in England in Mansera House, and St. Mary's, and was ordained as a priest on 31 July 1901.

In 1905, he taught mathematics at Mount St. Mary's College in Derbyshire and published his finding of what is now known as Cullen numbers in number theory.

He ended up looking after accounts for the English province of the Jesuits, while contributing to mathematics journals.[3]

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  • Keller, Wilfrid (1995). New Cullen primes. Math. Comp. 64, 1733–1741.
  1. ^ "General Registrar's Office". IrishGenealogy.ie. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ Fr James Cullen SJ - Biography Fermat Search.
  3. ^ Fr. J. Cullen SJ - Obituary The Tablet, December 16, 1933.

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