Thomas Wilson (academic)

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Thomas Wilson (1726-22 September 1799) was an Irish academic and clergyman most of whose career was spent at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), where he served as the fifth Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy (1769-1786).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Thomas Wilson was born in Donegal, son of the Rev John Wilson. He was educated at TCD, where he was a Scholar (1746) and was in the same class as Oliver Goldsmith. He obtained BA (1848), MA (1853), BD (1758), DD (1864), and was elected a Fellow (1853), and later, Senior Fellow. He was Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy (1769-1786),[2] and was appointed Archbishop King’s Lecturer in Divinity (1785). He resigned from TCD in 1786 to become Rector of Ardstraw, Tyrone.[3].


  1. ^ Burtchaell, G. D., and Sadleir, T. U. (eds), Alumni Dublinensis: A Register of the Students, Graduates, Professors and Provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin, 1593–1860 (Dublin, 1935), p. 888
  2. ^ Erasmus Smith's Professors A General History of Ireland: in its Ancient and Modern State, By John Angel
  3. ^ County Tyrone Ireland Genealogy Research: Incumbants of Ardstraw