Sylvester, James Joseph (M)

b. 3 September 1814. d. 15 March 1897. Nationality: English. VIAF.
Poet, translator, and professor of natural philosophy and mathematics. Born in London to a Jewish family. Educated at the University of London, the Liverpool Royal Institution, Trinity College, Dublin, and St John’s College, Cambridge, but was not awarded his degrees from Cambridge due to his religion. Became a fellow in the Royal Society in 1839. Briefly moved to the United States to accept a position as the professor of mathematics at the University of Virginia (1841-1842). Returned to England and published several papers on the subject of mathematics, and eventually became the professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich from 1855 to 1870. Became a member of the Athenaeum in 1856. Author of * The Laws of Verse* (1870). Moved back to the United States to accept the position of professor of mathematics at John Hopkins University from 1876-1883. Returned to England and became the professor of geometry at Oxford from 1884-1894. Biographical information: *ODNB*, *Wellesley Index*. (AC, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Tasso to Eleonora: A Canzonet and Sonnet 1871-06-01 The Dark Blue Poet 183
The Story of Europa. Hor. Old. III. xxvii. 25 1871-07-01 The Dark Blue Translator 186