This picture of myself was sold on e-bay for $10 in January of 2007.
Though apprenticed as an engineer, I was appointed as professor of physics at University College London in 1865, and in 1866 was elected a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
I was a founding member of the X-club which had as its aim the promotion of science in England...and in 1864, I was elected to the Council of the Royal Society, something that led to my becoming an important figure in British Science and the London Mathematical Society.
Because DeMorgan fell ill and could not attend, I chaired the preliminary meeting that set up the London Mathematical Society on 7 November 1864...and was elected to be its its first Vice-President (later served as its Treasurer and its President).
I succeeded De Morgan as the chair of mathematics at University College London in 1867.
I gave a special effort towards the education of women...in 1869, I gave a successful series of 24 lectures on the Elements of Geometry to the Ladies Educational Association of London.
My research had been primarily in geometry (e.g. Cremona transformations) and I chaired the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching, with my efforts leading to an award of the Royal Medal from the Royal Society in 1883.
In January 1892, while suffering from cancer of the prostate, I caught the flu in an epidemic which hit London and died four weeks later.
Thomas Archer Hirst (1830-1892)