Dr. W. E. Thrift

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DR. WILLIAM EDWARD THRIFT, provost of Trinity College, Dublin, who died on April 23, was born in 1870, end educated at the High School and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained every distinction in mathematics and experimental physics for which it was possible for him to compete. He crowned his career as a student by obtaining a fellowship in mathematics and experimental science at the early age of twenty-six, and five years later, on the death of FitzGerald, was appointed as his successor in the chair of experimental and natural philosophy, This involved much teaching and administrative work, which was increased by the wideness of his interests, and the many demands for the benefit of his co-operation and advice on the boards of various institutions for the advancement of education and other important and beneficent purposes. In 1902 he was elected to the Science Section of the Council of the Royal Dublin Society, of which he remained a member until his death. He also acted for many years as financial adviser to the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland.

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