|Died||28 August 1916
|Institutions||University of Oxford|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Oxford|
|Known for||Mathematics of the rate of chemical change|
Esson attended St John's College, Oxford, and then became a Fellow of Merton College. 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.
- 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
- GRO Register of Deaths: Deaths SEP 1916 2c 348 ABINGDON — Willian Esson, aged 78
- Obituary, Royal Society of Chemistry
- "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- Hinchcliffe, Tanis (1992). North Oxford. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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