John Alexander Third

John Alexander Third
Born(1865-05-06)6 May 1865
Died11 August 1948(1948-08-11) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
Scientific career

John Alexander Third (1865–1948) was a Scottish mathematician.

Life and work

Third, son of a stonemason, was educated at Robert Gordon's College before entering in 1885 in the University of Aberdeen where he graduated D.Sc in 1889, after spending some time studying in Jena, Germany. He was appointed rector of Campbeltown Grammar School and, five years later, in 1895, headmaster of Spier's School.

Third joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in 1897 and he was an enthusiastic member publishing papers in the Proceedings. He was also president of the society in 1902. He was director of education of Ayrshire from 1919 until his retirement in 1927.

After his death, his family made a bequest of £150 to found a prize in the Department of Mathematics of the university of Aberdeen.

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