Wilson, William Parkinson (1826-1874)

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Professor Of Mathematics; Mathematician
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William Parkinson Wilson (1826?-1874), professor of mathematics, was born at Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, and baptized on 1 February 1826, son of John Wilson, silversmith, and his wife Elizabeth,...

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William Wilson was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, one of the University's four founding professors. Besides mathematics and natural philosophy, Wilson taught mechanics, meteorology, optics, and astronomy. He was instrumental in persuading the Council to offer Australia's first university engineering course, with students enrolling from 1861. His early interest in astronomy continued in Victoria where he was a leading advocate for the establishment of the Melbourne Observatory and served on its Board of Visitors. In 1871 Wilson led an expedition to Cape Sidmouth, Queensland, to observe a solar eclipse and in 1874 set up his own observatory at Mornington, Victoria. For his contributions to the Royal Society of Victoria (and its predecessor the Philosophical Institute) Wilson was made a Life Member.

  • Education - BA, University of Cambridge
  • Career position - Senior Wrangler, later Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge
  • Career position - Founding Professor of Mathematics, Queen's College, Belfast, Ireland
  • Career position - Founding Professor of Mathematics, University of Melbourne
  • Life event - Arrived in Melbourne
  • Career position - Vice-President, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
  • Career position - Life Member, Royal Society of Victoria
  • Education - MA, University of Cambridge

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  1. Wilson, William Parkinson
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Wilson, William Parkinson (1826?-1874), professor of mathematics
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 6, 419-420
  3. Wilson, William Parkinson
    Published: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995
    Series: Physics in Australia to 1945
  4. The appointment of the first four professors of mathematics in the University of Melbourne
    Cohen, Graeme
    Published: 2006
    Series: Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 33, 1, 14-21
  5. Australian solar eclipse expeditions: the voyage to Cape York in 1871
    Lomb, Nick
    Published: 2016
    Series: Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 19, 1, 79-95
  6. Science and the making of Victoria
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

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  1. William Parkinson Wilson, Professor of mAthematics, ca. 1870 / photographer Johnstone O'Shannassy & Co
    Johnstone, O'Shannessy & Company Limited
    [ Photograph : 1870 ]
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    William Parkinson Wilson, Professor of mAthematics, ca. 1870 / photographer Johnstone O'Shannassy & Co
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  1. University of Melbourne (1853-)
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    ... Wilson, William Parkinson (1826 - 1874) ... Charters, William Wallace Stewart (Bill) (1935 - 2017) ... Classics, 1856-1871, member of Council 1875-1900, Vice-Chancellor 1887-1889; William Parkinson Wilson, MA ... Fellow of St John?s College Oxford, Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 1854-1874; William Edward ...
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  2. University of Melbourne Department of Mathematics
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  1. IN INTESTACY. Notice to Creditors. In the Estates of a man (name unknown), supposed to be W. P. Sweeting, late of Coonamble; Robert Olive, late of Bogio Sand Hill, Mattama; Thomas ...
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 21 August 1866 [Issue No.159] p 1967

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    ... quin ; William Wilson, late of Pine Ridge Station; William Leitch, late of Narrow Plains, Albury; James ... Hill, Mattama; Thomas Lewellyn, late of Darling River, Bourke; Henry Parkinson, late of Glenwood, near ... 251 words
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  2. Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 27 April 1855 [Issue No.63] p 1214

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    ... ., William's River 6 Park Wm., Camperdown 7 Parker Mr. Glover, Moreton Bay 8 Parkinson Mr. W., Botany 9 ... , Pyrmont 5 Adams Samuel, Bathurst 6 Adams A., Mye River 7 Addy William, Bathurst 8, 8|,Agan P., Goulburn 9 ... 4666 words
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    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 22 October 1875 [Issue No.278 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 3319

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    ... Wheeo), twice a week—William Wilson, horseback, 3 years, £71 per annum. 15. Wheeo, Reid's Fiat, and ... , four times or oftener daily—William Drew, 1 year, £90. 2. Parramatta Railway Station, and Post Offices ... 3355 words
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  1. Parkinson's Treble At Swimming
    The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954) Tuesday 16 April 1940 p 12 Article
    ... Williams 1, Miss Cromble 2; 25: 30 metres brcaststroke championship: M:ss D. Herbert 1, Miss Wilson 2, Hiss ... Parkinson's Treble At. Swim mine* J. S. Parkinson, 100 and 200 metres Queensland champion, won ... 221 words
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  2. WEDDINGS PARKINSON—BELLAIR
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  3. WEDDINGS POPE -- PARKINSON.
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930) Tuesday 19 August 1924 p 3 Article
    ... WEDDINGS 9 POPE— PARKINSON. Thfi wadding was celebrated on Wednesday evening at St. Mark's, Darling ... Point, by the Rev. Howard Dea, of Mar-jorie Underwood, elder daughter of Mi, and Mrs. "VV. .V. Parkinson ... 470 words
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  1. Plan of a proposed line of road to connect the Illawarra Road with the Canterbury Road : applied for on petition by the residents of Canterbury and Georges River, Parish of St. George
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  1. SNCA multiplication is not a common cause of Parkinson disease or dementia with Lewy bodies
    Johnson, J; Hague, S. M; Hanson, M; Gibson, A; Wilson, K. E; Evans, E. W; Singleton, A. A; McInerney-Leo, A; Nussbaum, R. L; Hernandez, D. G; Gallardo ...
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  3. Patients Utilizing a Hearing Aid and a Cochlear Implant: Speech Perception and Localization
    Tyler, RS; Parkinson, AJ; Wilson, BS; Witt, S; Preece, JP; Noble, William Glass
    [ Article : 2002 ]
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    At Research UNE
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  4. Georg Neumayer and Melbourne Observatory: an institutional legacy [Paper in special issue: Special Centenary Anniversary Symposium issue commemorating Georg von Neumayer: his Australian, German and polar scientific achievements and legacies. Morton, ...
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  1. Letterbook re Observatory, Melbourne (1860-1862)
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    [ Unpublished, Book ]
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  2. A synonsis of hygiene (Jameson and Parkinson)
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    [ Book : 1947 ]
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  3. A synopsis of hygiene : [by] Jameson and Parkinson
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  4. Oral history interview with Mrs Mary Christensen, nee: Parkinson of Caloundra / compiled by Amanda Wilson
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    [ Book : 1988 ]
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  1. Indigenous Community Stories : William Paul Hansen / produced by Michelle Broun
    Film and Television Institute (W.A.)
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  2. The great American West [presented by] John Q. Hammons ; a Utah Productions film ; directed and photographed by Reed Smoot ; written by Richard Parkinson ; produced by Scott Swofford ; co-producer, Reed Smoot ; executive producer, Richard Parkinson
    John Q. Hammons Film Entertainment, Inc
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  3. Yes! let me like a soldier fall / words by Edward Fitzball ; music by W. V. Wallace
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    [ Sound : 2006 ]
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  1. BATES John, Andrew and William
    BATES  John, Andrew and William
    Created by chaddock, 38 items.

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  2. BRYDEN BROWN, Mrs C.
    BRYDEN BROWN, Mrs C.
    Created by KEVING., 57 items.

    Bookends.Kathleen Alvina Parkinson was born in Cooma, N.S.W. Died : 30th August, 1983.Kathleen Alvina was the eldest daughter of Mr. Henry Waterworth Parkinson M.I.C.E and Mrs Lou...

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  3. Undy Family
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  2. Manuscript list of Sydney Parkinson's drawings of fishes made on Cook's 1st voyage (11p.), 1768 to 1771, 1860[?], (File), (from Natural History Museum: Collections held by the Zoology Library / Arthur W O'Shaughnessy )
    [ Unpublished : 1860 ]
    At AJCP
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  3. Papers of Bernard Smith
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