Savilian Professors of Geometry: The first 400 years

Savilian Professors of Geometry: The first 400 years

Saturday 23 November 2019 (All day)
Bodleian Library, Oxford

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Oxford University’s Savilian Professors of Geometry. This one-day meeting comprises seven lectures about the Savilian professors and their life, labours and legacy. It coincides with a small exhibition in the Treasury related to the Savilian Professors of Geometry.

The meeting will be open and free to all, but registration is essential through the Bodleian (details to come).

There is a cafeteria in the Weston library, at which refreshments (such as tea, coffee and a snack lunch) can be purchased at moderate cost. There are also many eating places nearby.

The programme:

09.45:    Registration and welcome (at 10.10)

10.15:    William Poole: Sir Henry Savile & the early professors

10.55:    Benjamin Wardhaugh: John Wallis

11.35:    Allan Chapman: A century of astronomers: from Halley to Rigaud

12.15:    Steven Balbus: The Halley observatory

12.30:    Lunch break (including some managed visits to the observatory)

14.00:    Keith Hannabuss: Baden Powell & Henry Smith

14.40:    Karen Parshall: J. J. Sylvester

15.20:    Robin Wilson: G. H. Hardy & E. C. Titchmarsh

16.00:    Frances Kirwan: Michael Atiyah and after

16.40:    Final remarks (ending by 16.45 pm).