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Biographical entry Carslaw, Horatio Scott (1870 - 1954)

12 February 1870
Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
11 November 1954
Burradoo, New South Wales, Australia


Horatio Carslaw was Professor of Mathematics, University of Sydney 1903-1935. He was interested in the theory of conduction of heat.


Born Helensburgh, Scotland, 12 February 1870. Died Burradoo, New South Wales, 11 November 1954. Educated Universities of Glasgow (MA 1891), Cambridge (BA 1894, MA 1898, ScD 1908) and Göttingen (1896-97). Assistant lecturer in mathematics, University of Glasgow 1896-1903, Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1899-1905, Professor of mathematics, University of Sydney 1903-35. He was a member of the first board of examiners established under A.C. Carmichael's University (Amendment) Act 1912 and was chief examiner of mathematics for the next 30 years.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Horatio Scott Carslaw - Records, 1924 - 1944, MS 003; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • James Thomas Wilson - Records, 1883 - 1940, MS 035; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Carslaw, H. S., The Teaching of Mathematics in Australia (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1914). Details

Book Sections

  • Deakin, Michael A. B., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw, 1870-1954' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details
  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Carslaw, Horatio Scott (1870-1954), mathematician' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 578-579. Details

Journal Articles

  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', Australian Mathematics Teacher, 11 (1955), 59-66. Details
  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', London Mathematical Society, Journal, 31 (1956). Details
  • Smith-White, W.B., 'H. S. Carslaw - His Work in Analysis', The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 11 (1955), 67-68. Details


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See also

McCarthy, G.J.