Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin

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Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin[1] is a chair in physics founded in 1724 and funded by the Erasmus Smith Trust, which was established by Erasmus Smith, who lived 1611–1691.[2]

From 1724 to 1847 the chair had a mathematical and theoretical orientation, with many holders being also mathematicians, and several such as Bartholomew Lloyd (1822) and James MacCullagh (1843) having previously held the Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics chair. Then in 1847 the University Chair of Natural Philosophy (1847) was founded and took on the applied mathematics and theoretical physics role, while Erasmus Smith's Professorship became the chair of experimental physics.[3]

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  1. ^ This chair should not be confused with Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin
  2. ^ Erasmus Smith's professors of Natural and Experimental Philosophy Mathematics at TCD 1592–1992
  3. ^ Spearman, T.D. (1992). "400 years of mathematics: The eighteenth century". Trinity College Dublin. Retrieved 17 September 2016.