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Crockett, Charles Winthrop (1862-1936)

Name: Crockett, Charles Winthrop (1862-1936)

Historical Note:

Charles Winthrop Crockett was born at Macon, Georgia, October 6, 1862. His early preparation for a college course was made in private schools, Mercer Preparatory School and Macon High School. Having been awarded a scholarship in Mercer University on account of class standing in Mercer High School, he was admitted to the Freshman Class at the University in October, 1875, although under the required age. He was graduated from the University in 1879 with the degree of A. B., delivering the Latin salutary of commencement, having been awarded the second honor. He was the youngest graduate of the University at that time.

After years devoted to other pursuits, he entered the R.P.I. in September, 1880, with Division D, intending to be thoroughly grounded in the courses given at the Institute. Upon his graduation in 1884, he received the degree of C.M., and was appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy. He received the degree of A.M. from Mercer University in 1886. In the summers of 1887 and 1888, he attended the Dudley Observatory, Albany, N.Y. He was appointed Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at the Institute in 1893, a position he held until his retirement in 1934.

Professor Crockett wrote a number of scientific papers "On Explanation of the Mannheim Slide Rule," as well as "Plane and Spherical Trigonometry" and "Logarithmic and Trigonometric Tables.

(Edited from 1989 Transit.)

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