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Norman Macleod Ferrers (11 August 1829 – 31 January 1903) was a British mathematician and university administrator.


Ferrers was educated at Eton College before studying at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Senior Wrangler in 1851. He was appointed to a Fellowship at the college in 1852, and was ordained in 1859. In 1880, he was appointed Master of the college, and served as vice-chancellor of Cambridge University from 1884 to 1885.[1]

He is remembered for pointing out a conjugacy in integer partition diagrams, which are accordingly called Ferrers diagrams and are closely related to Young diagrams.


* N.M. Ferrers, An Elementary Treatise on Trilinear Coordinates (London, 1861)
* N. M. Ferrers An elementary treatise on spherical harmonics and subjects connected with them (London, 1877)
* N.M. Ferrers (ed.), Mathematical papers of the late George Green, 1871


1. ^ "Ferrers, Rev. Norman Macleod". Who Was Who 1920–2008. Oxford University Press. December 2007. http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whowaswho/U185923. Retrieved 1 November 2009.

External links

* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Norman Macleod Ferrers", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Ferrers.html .
* Norman Macleod Ferrers in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
* The National Archives | National Register of Archives | Person details | Archive Details at www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk
* http://www.macleodgenealogy.org/ACMS/D0035/I2304.html


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