THIRD son of Mr. Robert Gibson, J.P., Greenlaw,
Berwickshire, Professor Gibson was born at that place 19th April, 1858. He was
educated first at the Free Church School of his native town, and afterwards at
Glasgow University. Here though his course was interrupted for two sessions by
bad health, he was a prizeman in all his classes, except that of Moral
Philosophy, graduated M.A. in 1881, and gained the Euing Fellowship in
Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in 1882. In 1883 he was appointed Assistant
to the Professor of Mathematics in Glasgow University, and while holding this
appointment, two years later, went to Berlin and attended mathematical lectures
in the University there. When the Ordinance of 1891 came into force he became
Lecturer on Mathematics in his alma mater, and in November, 1895, he was elected
Professor of Mathematics in the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College,
the post which he still holds.

Apart from the regular work of his Chair, Professor Gibson
has served as Examiner for the Preliminary Examinations and for degrees in
Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in Glasgow University. His publications
include "An Elementary Treatise on the Calculus" (Macmillan), "An Elementary
Treatise on Graphs," and "A First Course in Calculus, based on Graphic Methods,"
besides numerous articles on mathematical subjects in various scientific
journals. Both in Germany and in this country he is recognised as an authority
on the history of mathematical science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Edinburgh, an Honorary Member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, of which he
has been president, a member of the German Mathematical Association, a member of
the American Mathematical Society, etc.

Professor Gibson married in 1880 Nellie, daughter of the late James D. Hunter,
and has three surviving children.

The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon him by Edinburgh University in
1905.

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