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 (which charges a small booking fee).

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).