Cork

George Boole (1815-1864) was Professor at Queen's College (now University College), Cork, from its opening in 1849. He first lived at Mrs. Knowles' boarding house in Strawberry Hill, then shared lodgings at 5 Grenville Place, where he wrote An investigation of the laws of thought. After his marriage to Mary Everest (niece of Sir George Everest, the Indian surveyor) in 1855, they lived for two years at 'College View', Sunday's Well Road. In 1857, they moved to a house in Castle Road, near the eastern suburb of Blackrock. Here their third daughter, Alicia, (Alicia Stott) was born in 1860. In early 1863, they moved to Lichfield Cottage, Ballintemple, a bit closer to Cork on the Blackrock Road. He died at Lichfield Cottage on 8 Dec 1864. A brass plaque was erected on Lichfield Cottage in 1984.

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He was buried in St. Michael's Anglican (= Church of Ireland = Episcopal) churchyard, Blackrock. There is a marble memorial tablet in the church.

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There is a memorial window in the Aula Maxima of the College, including figures of Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci(?), Copernicus, Hipparchus, Galileo, Bacon, Napier, Newton, Pascal, Leibniz, Descartes, Strabo, Ptolemy surrounding a central panel of Euclid and Aristotle behind Boole. The new (1984) library at University College is named the Boole Library.



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