John William LUBBOCK

Classe di Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali
Banchiere, Astronomo e Matematico

Socio corrispondente dal 04/02/1849
Nato a Londra il 26/03/1813
Deceduto a Farnborough (Inghilterra) il 21/06/1865


Son of Sir John William Lubbock, of the Lubbock & Co bank. He was educated at Eton and then Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1825. In the same year he became a partner in his father's bank.

In 1828 he became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, in 1829 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and has been described as foremost among English mathematicians in adopting Laplace's doctrine of probability. He joined the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1829, and was twice Treasurer (1830-35, 1838-45) and three times Vice-President (1830-35, 1836-37, 1838-46) of the Royal Society. For his studies of tides he was awarded the Royal Medal in 1834.

He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1837-42), a position later held by his eldest son, Sir John Lubbock, 4th Bt, who was later created Baron Avebury in 1900.

Lubbock became head of Lubbock & Co, retired mostly in 1840, but oversaw the merger that created Roberts, Lubbock & Co in 1860.



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