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Biographical entry Nanson, Edward John (1850 - 1936)

13 December 1850
Penrith, Cumberland, England
1 July 1936
Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia


Edward Nanson was Professor of Mathematics, University of Melbourne 1875-1922 and published widely on electoral reform and proportional and preferential voting.



Education - BA, University of Cambridge
1874 - 1875
Career position - Professor of Applied Mathematics, Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, Surrey, United Kingdom
1875 - 1922
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, University of Melbourne
Career position - Inaugural President, Mathematics Association of Victoria
Life event - Retired

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Edward John Nanson - Records, 1857 - 1900; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Fendley, G. C., 'Nanson, Edward John (1850-1936), University Professor [mathematics and electoral reformer]', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, p. 663. Also available at Details

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

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See also

  • Seneta, E., 'Silhouettes of early Australian statistics', Australian Journal of Statistics, vol. 30, B, 1988, pp. 2-22. Details

McCarthy, G.J.