Mathematician:William Rowan Hamilton

Mathematician

Irish mathematician and physicist famous (among other things) for:

Coined the term associative in about 1844.

Nationality

Irish, although at that time Ireland was politically part of Great Britain.

History

• Born: 4 Aug 1805, Dublin, Ireland
• Died: 2 Sept 1865, Dublin, Ireland

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for William Rowan Hamilton can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for William Rowan Hamilton can be found here.

Publications

• 1826: Theory of Systems of Rays
• 1834: On a General Method in Dynamics
• 1835: Algebra as the Science of Pure Time
• 16 October 1843: $i^2 = j^2 = k^2 = i j k = -1$ (in the stone of Brougham Bridge)
• 1853: Lectures on Quaternions
• Elements of Quaternions (posthumous)