University of Pennsylvania
Department of Mathematics
Faculty History: 1750 - 1899

Theophilus Grew, A.M. 1750 - 1755 Master
1755 - 1760 Professor
Thomas Pratt *(see note below) 1760 - 1761 Master
Rev. Hugh Williamson, A.M., LL.D. 1761 - 1764 Professor
Thomas Pratt *(see note below) 1764 - 1766 Master
Thomas Dungan 1766 - 1769 Master
James Cannon, A.M. 1773 - 1782 Professor
Robert Patterson, LL.D. 1782 - 1814 Professor
Robert Maskell Patterson, A.M., M.D. 1814 - 1828 Professor
Robert Adrain, LL.D. 1827 - 1834 Professor
Edward Henry Courtenay, A.M. 1834 - 1836 Professor
Henry Vethake, LL.D. 1836 - 1855 Professor
Ezra Otis Kendall, LL.D. 1855 - 1881 Professor
1881 - 1899 Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics
Rev. Robert Ellis Thompson, A.M., D.D., Ph.D. 1871 - 1874 Assistant Professor of Mathematics
1874 - 1883 Assistant Professor of Social Science
1883 - 1982 John Welsh Centennial Professor of History and English Literature
Otis Howard Kendall, A.M. 1877 - 1889 Assistant Professor
Edwin Schofield Crawley, B.S. 1886 - 1889 Instructor
1889 - 1899 Assistant Professor
1899 - 1933 Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics
George Egbert Fisher, A.B. 1889 - 1908 Assistant Professor
1908 - 1920 Professor
Charles L. Doolittle, C.E. 1895 - 1899 Professor of Mathematics and Flower Professor of Astronomy
Isaac J. Schwatt 1897 - 1909 Assistant Professor
1909 - 1928 Professor

  1. The positions of Tutor and Assistant have not been included.
  2. The full career is listed for faculty who began with appointments in Mathematics in this period.
  3. The Academy, begun in 1749, did not award degrees. The Mathematics School was part of the Academy. Its head was called the Master of the Mathematics School. The College, created in 1755, did award degrees. The highest rank faculty in the College were titled Professor. Often the same Professor taught in both the College and the Mathematics School.
  4. Thomas Pratt, Master in the English School was asked on two occasions to stand in as Master of the Mathematics School until a new Mathematics Master could be appointed.
  5. From 1769 to 1773, mathematics instruction was given by various Tutors and English Masters. We have no record of a Master in the Mathematics School or a Professor of Mathematics in this period.
  6. Ezra Otis Kendall also held the Flower Professorship in Astronomy from 1892 to 1896 when he relinquished this chair so that Professor Doolittle could be appointed Flower Professor of Astronomy.
  7. Ezra Otis Kendall, who had retired in 1896, held the Scott Chair title until his death in 1899. In that year Charles Doolittle dropped the title of Professor of Mathematics, remaining Flower Professor of Astronomy, and Edwin Crawley became Chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics. We trace the beginning of the "Department of Mathematics" to this final separation from Astronomy and other disciplines such as Natural Philosophy with which the faculty were associated in earlier times.