James Loudon

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James Loudon
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4th President of the University of Toronto
In office
Preceded by Daniel Wilson
Succeeded by Robert Falconer
Personal details
Born (1841-05-24)May 24, 1841
Toronto, Canada West
Died December 29, 1916(1916-12-29) (aged 75)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

James Loudon FRSC (May 24, 1841 – December 29, 1916) was a Canadian professor of mathematics and physics and President of the University of Toronto from 1892 to 1906. He was the first first Canadian-born professor at the University of Toronto.[1]


Loudon was educated at the Toronto Grammar School, Upper Canada College, and the University of Toronto, where he received a B.A. in 1862 and an M.A. in 1864. Initially a tutor in classics, he soon moved to mathematics, eventually becoming the professor of mathematics and physics at University College in 1875, succeeding his teacher John Bradford Cherriman. In 1887 he became professor of physics only, and became president of the University in 1892.[1]

He visited the United Kingdom to attend the 450th jubilee of the University of Glasgow in June 1901, and received an honorary doctorate (LL.D) from the university.[2]


  1. ^ a b Archibald, Thomas; Charbonneau, Louis (2005). "Mathematics in Canada before 1945: A Preliminary Survey". In Van Brummelen, Glen; Kinyon, Michael. Mathematics and the Historian's Craft: The Kenneth O. May Lectures. CMS Books in Mathematics. Springer. pp. 141–182. ISBN 978-0387-25284-1. LCCN 2005923503.
  2. ^ "Glasgow University jubilee". The Times (36481). London. 14 June 1901. p. 10.

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Preceded by
Louis-Honoré Fréchette
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
James A. Grant

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