John Stokes (Irish mathematician)

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John Stokes (1720 – 2 November 1781) was a Dublin-born academic who served (1762–1764) as the first Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). He was son of engineer Gabriel Stokes (1682-1768)–who in 1746 became Deputy Surveyor General of Ireland–and Elizabeth King (1689-1751). John's brother Gabriel (1731–1806) was also a mathematician at TCD.[1][2]

John Stokes received BA (1740) and MA (1743) from TCD, became a Fellow there in 1746, then got BD 1752 and DD 1755. During 1760–1762 he was Donegall Lecturer of Mathematics, and after his term as Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics, he was appointed Regius Professor of Greek in 1764, but retired from TCD the following year. In 1777, he became Rector of Rahy and Clondahorky, Donegal.[3]


  1. ^ Alumni Dublinenses : a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860) Burtchaell,G.D/Sadlier,T.U p807: Dublin, Alex Thom and Co, 1935
  2. ^ George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith: The Stokes family edited by Mark McCartney, Andrew Whitaker, p. 45
  3. ^ Our Portrait Gallery: Second Series, No. 7, p. 148 The Dublin University Magazine, Volume 84

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