Biography of James Couper
James Couper (d 1836) was Professor of Practical Astronomy at the University from 1803 to 1836. He was Dean of Faculties 1800 to 1801; Clerk of Senate from 1810 until 1814 and 1820 to 1828, and joint keeper (with his son James and then with his son William) of the Hunterian Museum.
Couper graduated MA from the University in 1775, and DD in 1800. He was minister of Baldernock from 1783 until his appointment to the Regius Chair in 1803. In November 1813, when the ailing Professor of Oriental Languages, Patrick Cumin, needed assistance, Couper stepped in to teach Hebrew.
Clergyman and Astronomer
Died 7 January 1836.
University Link: Alumnus, Clerk of Senate, Dean of Faculties, Professor
GU Degrees: MA, 1775; DD, 1800;
Occupation categories: astronomers; clergy
Record last updated: 11th Jul 2008