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Creating the Royal Society's Sylvester Medal

Cantor, G. (2004) Creating the Royal Society's Sylvester Medal. British Journal for the History of Science, 37 (1). pp. 75-92. ISSN 1474-001X

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Abstract

Following the death of James Joseph Sylvester in 1897, contributions were collected in order to mark his life and work by a suitable memorial. This initiative resulted in the Sylvester Medal, which is awarded triennially by the Royal Society for the encouragement of research into pure mathematics. Ironically the main advocate for initiating this medal was not a fellow mathematician but the chemist and naturalist Raphael Meldola. Religion, not mathematics, provided the link between Meldola and Sylvester; they were among the very few Jewish Fellows of the Royal Society. This paper focuses primarily on the politics of the Anglo-Jewish community and why it, together with a number of scientists and mathematicians, supported Meldola in creating the Sylvester Medal.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2004 British Society for the History of Science. reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds) > Division of the History and Philosophy of Science (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2007 10:49
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007087403005132
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: No
Identification Number: doi: 10.1017/S0007087403005132
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3222

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