Henry Tanner (mathematician)

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Henry William Lloyd Tanner (generally known as H. W. Lloyd Tanner) (17 January 1851 – 6 March 1915) was Professor of Mathematics at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire from 1883 to 1909.


Tanner was born on 17 January 1851 at Burham
Burham is a village and civil parish in the Tonbridge and Malling district ofKent, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,251. The village is near the Medway towns.The history of Burham can be traced to Roman times...

, Kent
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 and was educated at Bristol Grammar School
Bristol Grammar School
Bristol Grammar School is a co-educational independent school in Clifton, Bristol, England. The school was founded in 1532 by two brothers, Robert and Nicholas Thorne....

 and Jesus College, Oxford
Jesus College, Oxford
Jesus College is one of the colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It is in the centre of the city, on a site between Turl Street, Ship Street, Cornmarket Street and Market Street...

, where he was taught by John Griffiths
John Griffiths (mathematician)
John Griffiths was a Welsh mathematician and academic associated with Jesus College, Oxford for nearly 60 years.-Biography:Griffiths was born near Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, Wales and educated at Cowbridge Grammar School...

. He was appointed Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (now Cardiff University) in 1883, and held the post until 1909. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
Royal Astronomical Society
The Royal Astronomical Society is a learned society that began as the Astronomical Society of London in 1820 to support astronomical research . It became the Royal Astronomical Society in 1831 on receiving its Royal Charter from William IV...

. Tanner published various papers on differential equations and other subjects in mathematics.

The President of the Royal Society
Royal Society
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, Sir William Crookes
William Crookes
Sir William Crookes, OM, FRS was a British chemist and physicist who attended the Royal College of Chemistry, London, and worked on spectroscopy...

, said in his anniversary address in November 1915 that Tanner's death meant that mathematical science had lost "one of its most distinguished exponents", one who published "many important investigations in mathematics" that were "distinguished by great ingenuity and originality". Crookes also said that the university was deeply indebted to Tanner's educational and administrative talents.