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Biographical entry Michell, John Henry (1863 - 1940)

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Born
26 October 1863
Maldon, Victoria, Australia
Died
3 February 1940
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Mathematician

Summary

John Michell was Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Melbourne from 1891 and then Professor 1923-1928. During the period 1890-1902 he published his researches in the theory of hydrodynamics and elasticity and became a world leader in the field. . In 1902 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, the first graduate from the University of Melbourne to be so honoured. In 1999 Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) inaugurated the J. H. Michell Medal for outstanding new researchers.

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1884
Education - BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
1887
Career position - Senior wrangler, University of Cambridge
1891 - 1923
Career position - Independent Lecturer in Mixed Mathematics, University of Melbourne
1902 - 1940
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1923 - 1928
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, University of Melbourne
1928
Life event - Retired

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Henry Michell - Records, 1884 - 1898, MS 013; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • John Henry Michell - Records, 1881 - 1940; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Michell, J. H. and Michell, A. G. M., Collected mathematical works of J. H. and A. G. M. Michell: edited by F. W. Niedenfuhr and J. R. M.Radok, P. Noordhoff, Groningen, Netherlands, 1964, 338 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Cohen, Graeme, 'The appointment of the first four professors of mathematics in the University of Melbourne', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 33, no. 1, 2006, pp. 14-21. Details
  • Michell, A. G. M., 'John Henry Michell 1863 - 1941', Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 3, no. 9, 1941. Details
  • Tuck, E. O., 'The Wave Resistance Formula of J.H. Michell (1989) and its Significance to Recent Research in Ship Hydrodynamics', Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, Series B, vol. 30, 1989, pp. 365-377. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.