Horatio Scott Carslaw

Biography of Horatio Scott Carslaw

Horatio Scott Carslaw, the son of the Reverend Dr William Henderson Carslaw and Elizabeth Lockhead, was born in Helensburgh on the 12th February 1870.

Educated at The Glasgow Academy, Carslaw went on to the University of Glasgow. Following his MA (1891) in Mathematics and Physics, he went on to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He also studied in Rome, Palermo and Göttingen.

Returning to Glasgow as a lecturer, he completed a DSc in 1899. In 1903, Carslaw moved to Australia to take up the Post of Professor and Chair of Pure and Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney. Within three years of his appointment, he published two influential books: An introduction to the infinitesimal calculus and Introduction to the theory of Fourier's series and integrals and the mathematical theory of the conduction of heat. The latter was the main area of Carslaw's research throughout his life. His work earned him further recognition from the University of Glasgow and he was awarded the honorary Doctors of Letters (LLD) in 1929. He held the Chair until 1935, despite the offer of a Chair at University College London in 1923.

He married Ethel Maude Clarke in 1907 but she died later that same year. Horatio Scott Carslaw died on the 11th November 1954 at home in Burradoo, Australia, and was buried in the Anglican section of Bowral Cemetery. The School of Mathematics and Statistics Carslaw Building at the University of Sydney, completed in the 1960s, is named after him.


Horatio Scott Carslaw
Born 12 February 1870.
Died 11 November 1954.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1891; DSc, 1899; LLD, 1929;
Occupation categories: mathematicians
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 10th May 2021

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