Albert Joseph McConnell (1903 - 1993):
Albert McConnell was born in Ballymena, County Antrim. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1922, where he studied both mathematics and philosophy. He went to Rome for his doctoral studies and on returning to Dublin in 1930 was elected a fellow of Trinity. In the same year he was appointed to the University Chair of Natural Philosophy. In 1931 his book, Applications of the Absolute Differential Calculus, was published, reflecting his interest in Riemannian geometry and tensor calculus. He had been elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1929, and collaborated with A. W. Conway in preparing the second volume of the collected mathematical works of William Rowan Hamilton, which was published in 1940. He was elected Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, in 1952, a position which he held for twenty-two years. During that period he instigated many reforms, including introducing a retiring age for all staff. He was a friend of Éamon de Valera, and in 1973, was appointed to the Council of State.
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