2nd Lieutenant Caleb Andrew Stewart

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Caleb Andrew Stewart

An outstanding Mathematics student, Caleb Andrew Stewart had a successful academic career at the University of Sheffield, where he became a Senior Lecturer after serving in the Great War. He was born on 16th September 1888 in Glasgow, the son of John Stewart, a patternmaker. After attending Barrowfield Primary School and John Street Higher Grade School, he completed his school education at Glasgow High School.

He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1905 to study for an Arts degree and enrolled for classes in Latin, Greek and Mathematics. Five years later, he left Glasgow with both a First Class Honours MA in Mathematics (1909) and Natural Philosophy, a BSc with distinction (1910) and a long list of prizes.

In addition to the first prizes he won in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, he took the Cunningham Gold Medal in Mathematics (1909) and several bursaries that must have helped to pay his way through his studies. There was the Muir bursary for the best student in Ordinary Mathematics and the Lorimer Bursary for the best second year student, tenable for three years at GBP 24 a year.

After graduating MA in 1909, he was awarded the John Clark Scholarship, tenable for four years, open to Protestants of good moral character, and worth GBP 30 a year. In 1910, after graduating BSc he competed against students from all of the Scottish Universities to become a Ferguson Scholar in Mathematics, a prestigious award which carried GBP 80 per annum and enabled Caleb to go on to Trinity College Cambridge, where he took a first class BA in 1912.

At the beginning of the war, he was lecturing at the City and Guilds (Engineering) College in London. He enlisted in 1915. He had been a member of the OTC at Glasgow University, and took a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Wiltshire Regiment. He served in France and Salonika, and was gazetted to Lieutenant, Royal Engineers.

After the war he continued his academic career and became Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at Sheffield University. Glasgow University conferred an Honorary DSc on 20th June 1928. In 1950 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Among his publications was Treatise on Advanced Calculus. Caleb Stewart died at Bristol on 5th August 1959.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Caleb Andrew Stewart
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Wiltshire Regiment
Degree: MA BSc
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Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

William Douglas, comp. The Ferguson Scholars, 1861-1955 (Glasgow: MacLehose, 1956)

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