Joseph Lovering

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Joseph Lovering
Joseph Lovering by William Notman.jpg
Lovering circa 1868–1875
Born 1813
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 1892
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
(A.B., 1833)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Harvard University
Academic advisors Benjamin Peirce
Doctoral students John Trowbridge

Joseph Lovering (1813–1892) was an American scientist and educator.


Lovering graduated from Harvard in 1833. In 1838 he was named Hollis Professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in Harvard. He held this chair until 1888, when he was appointed Professor Emeritus, after 50 years service. He was acting regent of the university (1853–1854) and succeeded Felton as regent.

He was director of Jefferson Physical Laboratory from 1884 to 1888, and was associated with the Harvard College Observatory, especially in the joint observations of the United States and the London Royal Society on terrestrial magnetism.

In 1873 he served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He contributed to numerous scientific publications, prepared a volume on The Aurora Borealis (1873), and edited a new edition of Professor John Farrar's Electricity and Magnetism (1842).


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Academic offices
Preceded by
John Farrar
Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy
Succeeded by
Benjamin Osgood Peirce