Though born to a baker in Nottingham, England, my birthdate is unknown but I was baptized in July 1793.
At the age of eight, I entered school and excelled in mathematics....but had to quit school at the age of nine in order to apprentice with my dad in his bakery.
While working full days on the top floor of my dad's mill, I started writing papers on electriocity and mathematics...I even self-published in 1828 what is now considered to be a ground-breaking mathematical work--but only 51 people bought copies of it!
In this paper, An Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism, I introduced the idea of "potential theory" and devised a formula that connected surface and volume integrals, all part of a theorem that now bears my name.
Eventually Sir Edward Bromhead read of my work, asked for more of my work, and even convinced me to become a student of mathematics at Cambridge in 1833 at the age of 40.
Mt obituary read: We believe he was the son of a miller, residing near Nottingham, but having a taste for study, he applied his gifted mind to the science of mathematics, in which he made a rapid progress. In Sir Edward Ffrench Bromhead, Bart., he found a warm friend, and to his influence he owed much, while studying at Cambridge. Had his life been prolonged, he might have stood eminently high as a mathematician. Of course, ******* never knew the importance of his mathematics. That was only realised after his death.
George Green (1793-1841)