How interesting, today I learned that Derek Burgess, the PhD supervisor of my PhD supervisor (Brian McMaster) was himself supervised by Frank Smithies. With a little help from the Mathematical Genealogy Project this has helped me work out my academic “parentage”.

- Colin Turner, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1997
- Brian McMaster, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1972
- Derek Burgess, University of Cambridge, 1951
- Frank Smithies, University of Cambridge, 1937
- G. H. Hardy, University of Cambridge
- Edmund Whittaker, University of Cambridge, 1895
- Andrew Forsyth, University of Cambridge, 1881
- Arthur Cayley, University of Oxford / University College Dublin / Universiteit Leiden, 1864,1865,1875
- William Hopkins, University of Cambridge, 1830 (Note his many famous students)
- Adam Sedgwick, University of Cambridge, 1811
- Thomas Jones, University of Cambridge, 1782
- Thomas Postlethwaite, University of Cambridge, 1756
- Stephen Whisson, University of Cambridge, 1742
- Walter Taylor, University of Cambridge, 1723
- Robert Smith, University of Cambridge, 1715
- Roger Cotes, University of Cambridge, 1706
- Isaac Newton, University of Cambridge, 1668
- Isaac Barrow, University of Cambridge, 1652
- Vincenzio Viviani
- Galileo Galilei, University of Pisa

I think I’ll stop there. I found this absolutely fascinating, many notable figures, and Hopkins supervised many famous figures. It’s a shame I could never hope to live up to such a line!

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