William Esson

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William Esson
Born 1838
Dundee, Scotland
Died 28 August 1916(1916-08-28) (aged 78)
Abingdon, England
Residence Oxford, England
Nationality British
Institutions University of Oxford
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Known for Mathematics of the rate of chemical change

William Esson, FRS (17 May 1838 in Carnoustie, Scotland[1] – 28 August 1916 in Abingdon, England[2]) was a British mathematician.

Esson attended St John's College, Oxford, and then became a Fellow of Merton College.[3] In 1892, he became the Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford, based at New College. He worked on problems in chemistry with Augustus George Vernon Harcourt.

In 1869 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1895 delivered, jointly with Harcourt, their Bakerian Lecture on the Laws of Connexion between the Conditions of a Chemical Change and its Amount. III. Further Researches on the Reaction of Hydrogen Dioxide and Hydrogen Iodide.[4]

In 1874, Esson leased 13 Bradmore Road in North Oxford.[5]


  1. ^ Obituary notice, Fellow: Esson, William, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 77, p.299, 1917MNRAS..77..299., The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: Deaths SEP 1916 2c 348 ABINGDON — Willian Esson, aged 78
  3. ^ Obituary, Royal Society of Chemistry
  4. ^ "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Hinchcliffe, Tanis (1992). North Oxford. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.