Horatio Scott Carslaw

Dr Horatio Scott Carslaw FRSE LLD (12 February 1870, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland – 11 November 1954, Burradoo, New South Wales, Australia) was a Scottish-Australian mathematician.[1][2] The book he wrote with his colleague John Conrad Jaeger, Conduction of Heat in Solids, remains a classic in the field.


He was born in Helensburgh, Scotland, the son of the Rev Dr William Henderson Carslaw[3] (a Free Church minister) and his wife, Elizabeth Lockhead.[1] He was educated at The Glasgow Academy. He went on to study at Cambridge University and then obtained a postgraduate doctorate at Glasgow University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1901.[4] He was a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and worked as a lecturer in Mathematics at Glasgow University, when in late 1902 he moved to Australia.[5]

In 1903, upon the retirement of Theodore Thomas Gurney,[6] Carslaw was appointed Professor and the Chair of Pure and Applied Mathematics in the now School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. He retired in 1935[7] to his house in Burradoo where he produced most of his best work.[1] The Carslaw Building at the University, completed in the 1960s and containing the School, is named after him.[8]

He died at home in Burradoo and was buried in the Anglican section of Bowral Cemetery.[1]


He married Ethel Maude Clarke (daughter of Sir William Clarke, 1st Baronet[1]) in 1907 but she died later in the same year.[4]


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Jaeger, J. C. (1979). "Carslaw, Horatio Scott (1870–1954)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 7. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538.
  2. ^ "Carslaw, Horatio Scott (CRSW891HS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "Horatio Carslaw - Biography".
  4. ^ a b C D Waterston; A Macmillan Shearer (July 2006). "Former Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783–2002: Part 1 (A–J)" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 090219884X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  5. ^ "University intelligence". The Times. No. 36919. London. 7 November 1902. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Gurney, Theodore Thomas (GNY869)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  7. ^ "About the School".
  8. ^ "Our home".
  9. ^ Moore, Charles N. (1923). "Review: H. S. Carslaw, Introduction to the Mathematical Theory of the Conduction of Heat in Solids". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 29 (7): 326–327. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1923-03740-3.
  10. ^ Moore, C. N. (1931). "Review: H.S. Carslaw, Introduction to the Theory of Fourier's Series and Integrals, and Werner Rogosinski, Fouriersche Reihen". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 37 (7): 510–511. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1931-05176-4.
  11. ^ Bateman, H. (1942). "Review: H. S. Carslaw and J. C. Jaeger, Operational Methods in Applied Mathematics". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 48 (7): 510–511. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1942-07701-9.