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Hugh Blackburn 1823-1879

Hugh Blackburn 1823-1879In the middle level of the Randolph Staircase are two marble busts. The one on the left represents Hugh Blackburn (1823–1909), Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow from 1849 to 1879.

Blackburn was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he met and befriended William Thomson, better known Lord Kelvin. In 1849 he succeeded William Thomson’s father James to the Chair of Mathematics at Glasgow. Apparently he was said to be a good teacher but incapable of maintaining discipline in his classes.

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