James Gray (mathematician)

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James Gray
Born 1876
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 6 November 1934
Dowanhill, Glasgow
Residence Scotland, Wales
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality Scottish
Fields Mathematics

Assistant Lecturer of Physics, Glasgow University (1904)
Senior Lecturer of Physics, Glasgow University (1908)
Professor of Applied Physics, Glasgow University (1920–34)

Glasgow University.
Alma mater Glasgow University (BSc Eng, DSc 1908)
Spouse unmarried

Prof James Gordon Gray FRSE MInstEE (1876–1934) was a Scottish mathematician and physicist.


He was born in Glasgow in 1876, the third of eight children to Andrew Gray and his wife, Annie Gordon. He was educated at Friars Grammar School, in Bangor, Caernarvonshire, Wales, where his father was employed by the university.[1] He attended the University College of North Wales until 1899 when his father and family moved back to Glasgow.[2]

He studied Engineering at Glasgow University and graduated BScEng. He then was employed by the university as a Lecturer in Physics from 1904. The university gave him a doctorate (DSc) in 1908. During the First World War he assisted with naval and aerial defence.[3]

From 1920 to 1934 he was Professor of Applied Physics at Glasgow University.

In 1909 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were his father, Andrew Gray, William Jack, Cargill Gilston Knott and George Chrystal.

He died in Dowanhill in Glasgow on 6 November 1934. He did not marry and had no children.[4]


  • Dynamics (1911) co-written with his father