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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 at the University of Melbourne between 1875 and 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. 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


See also

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

McCarthy, G.J.