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Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) Mathematician and Astronomer

Grave No: C 116 - 3489

Brief History:

A brilliant mathematician and astronomer who was knighted for his works in these fields of science in 1835.
Appointed Andrews Professor of Astronomy in 1827 whilst still an undergraduate.
Appointed Superintendent of the Observatory and Astronomer Royal for Ireland at Dunsink Observatory until his death in 1865.
In 1827 wrote Theory of Systems of Rays which contained the phenomenon as conical refraction.
In 1837 appointed President of the Royal Irish Academy.
In 1834 published General Methods of Dynamics that later influenced Erwin Schodinger in his work on quantum mechanics.
In 1835 he was one of the first scientists to believe that a separate science of time was required. This was fully realised in1905 by Albert Einstein.
In 1843 published his most famous discovery was The Theory of Quaternions which paved the way for quantum mechanics and nuclear physics.
In 1846 Hamilton introduced a new method of describing planetary orbit called Hodography.
Close association with Trinity College, with the new Science Building named in his honour.
His statue stands at the entrance to the Government Buildings in Merrion Street.

Description of Monument:

Portland headstone on a granite base.

Directions to Grave:

Turn right onto the Long Walk via the Hawthorn Walk. Proceed for 65 metres and turn right at a Beasley vault into a metre wide pathway. The Hamilton grave is further along 8 metres on your right hand side on the edge of this pathway.

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) Mathematician and Astronomer +

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