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A family of eponyms and writers

So, the bloke after whom Mount Everest was named had a niece who was a prominent mathematical educationalist; whose husband invented Boolean logic; one of their daughters was a revolutionary novelist whose husband is the guy the Voynich manuscript is named after.

Small world.

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makyo
Sep. 7th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
That whole family is astonishingly eminent: one daughter married a mathematician who studied four-dimensional geometry (and was later convicted of bigamy); one of their children was a lawyer who invented the climbing frame. Another daughter studied four-dimensional geometry herself, made several important contributions to the subject and collaborated with arguably the greatest classical geometer of the twentieth century. Yet another married an artist; their children became a mathematician (and FRS), and a professor of surgery. And another became the first female professor of chemistry at an English university.
nwhyte
Sep. 8th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm afraid I was deliberately concentrating on the more exotic connections - child of mathematicians is a mathematician, or marries a mathematician, while laudable enough is less unusual than child of mathematicians writes revolutionary novel and marries famous book collector!
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