James Harkness

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James Harkness FRSC (1864–1923) was a Canadian mathematician, born in Derby, England, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] Coming early to the United States, he was connected with Bryn Mawr College from 1888 to 1903, for the last seven years as professor of mathematics.

Harkness complemented Scott with a course on "Abelian Integrals and Functions" that also drew on the latest literature in German — the work of Alfred Clebsch and Paul Gordan, Bernhard Riemann, Hermann Amandus Schwarz and others — and "aimed to prepare the students for the recent Memoirs of Felix Klein in the Mathematische Annalen".[2]

In 1903, he was appointed Peter Redpath professor of pure mathematics at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Harkness was for a time a vice president of the American Mathematical Society and associate editor of its Transactions, was elected a member of the London Mathematical Society and in 1908 became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He published, with Professor Frank Morley, two treatises on the Theory of Functions[3][4] and collaborated on the article "Elliptic Functions", in the German Encyclopædia of Mathematics (1914–15).


  1. ^ "Harkness, James (HRNS882J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Karen Hunger Parshall (2015) "Training Women in Mathematical Research: The First Fifty Years of Bryn Mawr College (1885–1935)", Mathematical Intelligencer 37(2): 71–83 doi:10.1007/s00283-015-9540-2
  3. ^ Maschke, H. (1894). "Review: A Treatise on the Theory of Functions by J. Harkness and F. Morley, 1893" (PDF). 3 (7): 155–167. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Bolza, Oskar (1899). "Review: Introduction to the Theory of Analytic Functions by J. Harkness and F. Morley, 1898" (PDF). 6 (2): 63–74. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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