Authorised form of nameIvory; Sir; James (1765 - 1842); mathematician
Dates1765 - 1842
Dates and placesBirth:
Dundee, Angus, Scotland (17 February 1765)
Hampstead, London (21 September 1842)
ActivityResearch Field:
Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews
Taught in a school in Dundee (1786); jointly started a flax spinning mill at Douglastown, near Forfar; studied mathematics in spare time; Professor of Mathematics, Royal Military College, at Marlow and later at Sandhurst (1804); retired on full pension (1819)
Kt 1831
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Copley Medal 1814; Royal Medal 1826; Royal Medal 1839
Bakerian 1838
RelationshipsEldest son of James Ivory, watchmaker; unmarried
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1842 No 55 pp 406-412
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory, FRS, mathematician: "the most unlucky person that ever existed"' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 223-247
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory's last papers on the 'Figure of the Earth' (with biographical additions) in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 187-204
Precise birth date from DSB; index to BR provides year only.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7611
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
M/139Royal Medal1839
EC/1814/38Ivory, Sir James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
M/137Royal Medal1826
AP/18/11Remarks on a Passage in Report of the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society at their last Annual Meeting, 14 February 183427 May 1834
AP/18/12Note on the Astronomical Refractions 6 November 1834
AP/17/9On the method proposed by Professor Airy for expanding the disturbing function in his paper in 'Philosophical Transactions' for 1833November 1833
AP/18/10Some remarks on the manner in which the equilibrium of Fluids is usually treated1834
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1832
RR/1/119Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'On the theory of the astronomical refractions' by James Ivory11 July 1838
MC/1/71Letter from Davies Gilbert, Treasurer of the Royal Society, East Bourne, to the Royal Society 19 July 1821
RR/1/120Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Of such ellipsoids, consisting of homogeneous matter, as are capable of having the resultant of the attraction of the mass upon a particle in the surface, and a centrifugal force caused by re­volving about one of the axes, made perpendicular to the surface' by James Ivory10 February 1838
MC/1/96Letter from James Ivory, 17 Grafton Street, Tottenham Court Road, to the Royal Society4 November 1823
MC/1/142Letter from James Ivory to the Royal Society12 April 1826
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