E. W. Brown, Celestial Mechanician
Ernest Willliam Brown (1866–1938), born into a farming family in Hull, England, attended Christ’s College, Cambridge, beginning in 1884, and received the A.B. in 1887. He had been a delicate youth, but during his Cambridge years took to rowing on the Cam and climbing mountains in Switzerland. Like other bright young Cambridge men of his time, he entered upon the strenuous training for the Mathematical Tripos (named, it is said, from the three-legged stool on which, in the earliest times, the competitors sat for the examinations).
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