William Smyth (professor)

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William Smyth (1797 – April 3, 1868) was an American academic and writer on mathematics and other subjects. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1822, then studied theology at Phillips Academy Andover. In 1825, he became a professor of mathematics at Bowdoin College, and in 1846 became an associate professor of natural philosophy. The Bowdoin College Department of Mathematics Smyth Prize is named in his honor.

Smyth was an ardent abolitionist of slavery and supporter of the temperance movement. While at Bowdoin, Smyth supported the effort to the First Parish Church, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

He is interred at Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick.[1]


Smyth wrote several widely used textbooks:

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  1. ^ a b "Pine Grove Cemetery Walking Tour" (PDF). Pejescot Historical Society. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  • Bowdoin College Catalogue 1840-1848. Bowdoin College Catalogue. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Bowdoin College Library.