STEM

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson was an influential biologist, zoologist, and classicist. He is most famous for his work On Growth and Form. In which, he posited that biological creatures and their physical structures must conform to the laws of physics and can be further understood through mathematical equations. Thompson was born in Edinburgh on May 2nd, 1860. His father was the classical master at the Edinburgh academy and managed …

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Margaret Fairlie

Margaret Fairlie was born in 1891 on West Balmirmer Farm, Angus.  She studied medicine at the University of St Andrews and University College Dundee, graduating in 1915. Dr Fairlie began working at Dundee Royal Infirmary and teaching in the medical school in 1920.    Dr. Fairlie eventually became Head of Clinical Gynaecology in Dundee and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in St Andrews, despite opposition to her appointment …

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John Napier

John Napier, the “Marvellous Merchiston” (as he was known in his day), was a Scottish landowner, mathematician, physicist, astronomer and discoverer of logarithms invented the so-called ‘Napier’s bones’, and made common the use of the decimal point. He was enrolled in St Salvator’s College, St Andrews at the age of 13, and it is suspected …

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John Maoir

Scottish Mathematician John Maoir worked in both Paris and St Andrews teaching logic and theology. He studied at Cambridge (rare for a Scot at this time), where he spent around a year before furthering his studies in France. He contributed to a range of fields, including ethics, metaphysics, theology, biblical commentary, history and (above all) …

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James Gregory

The Scottish mathematician, astronomer, and first Regius Professor of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, James Gregory, was one of the three inventors of calculus and the first to write a textbook concerning it (hence why calculus was taught at St Andrews a hundred years before it was on the curriculum at the University …

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Robert FitzRoy

Charles Darwin described Robert FitzRoy as a ‘very extraordinary person’, being ‘everything that is delightful’ and ‘very scientific’. Vice-Admiral FitzRoy was an English officer of the Royal Navy and a scientist. He is most celebrated as the captain of the HMS Beagle during Darwin’s famous voyage, a major cartographic expedition from 1831 to 1836. FitzRoy …

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