William Hopkins

William Hopkins FRS (2 February 1793  13 October 1866) was an English mathematician and geologist. He is famous as a private tutor of aspiring undergraduate Cambridge mathematicians, earning him the sobriquet the "senior-wrangler maker."

William Hopkins
William Hopkins (1793–1866)
Born(1793-02-02)2 February 1793
Kingston-on-Soar, Nottinghamshire, England, Kingdom of Great Britain
Died13 October 1866(1866-10-13) (aged 73)
NationalityEnglish
Alma materSt Peter's College, Cambridge
Known forFinding that melting point increases with pressure[1]
AwardsWollaston Medal (1850)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematician and geologist
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Academic advisorsAdam Sedgwick
Notable studentsEdward John Routh
Francis Galton
George Gabriel Stokes
Arthur Cayley
Lord Kelvin
Peter Guthrie Tait
James Clerk Maxwell
Isaac Todhunter
Philip Kelland

He also made important contributions in asserting a solid, rather than fluid, interior for the Earth and explaining many geological phenomena in terms of his model. However, though his conclusions proved to be correct, his mathematical and physical reasoning were subsequently seen as unsound.


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