Alexander Anderson

Physicist, Deceased Person

1858 – 1934


Who was Alexander Anderson?

Alexander Anderson was an Irish physicist and President of Queen's College Galway, later University College Galway, from 1899 until 1934. In electrical engineering he is known for Anderson's bridge. He was the first physicist to suggest the existence of black holes.

Alexander Anderson was born on 12 May 1858, the son of Daniel Anderson, of Camus, Coleraine, County Londonderry. He was educated at Queen's College Galway, where he won a first-year scholarship in the Science Division of the Faculty of Arts and the Sir Robert Peel Prize in Geometry in 1876. He was awarded gold medals on the results of his B.A. examination in 1880, and his M.A. examination in 1881. He won first place in an open examination for a scholarship to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1881. There, he was Goldsmith Exhibitioner for 1882, and graduated sixth wrangler in 1884.

In 1885, Anderson returned to Queen's College Galway, where he was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy, a post he held until 1934. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal University of Ireland in 1886, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1891.

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May 12, 1858
  • Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sep 1, 1934

on July 23, 2013


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