Alexander McAulay (9 December 1863 – 6 July 1931) was the first professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. He was also a proponent of dual quaternions, which he termed "octonions" or "Clifford biquaternions". McAulay took up the position of Professor of Physics in Tasmania from 1896 until 1929, at which time his son Alexander Leicester McAulay took over the position for the next thirty years.

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  • Alexander McAulay (9 December 1863 – 6 July 1931) was the first professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. He was also a proponent of dual quaternions, which he termed "octonions" or "Clifford biquaternions". McAulay was born December 9, 1863 and attended Kingswood School in Bath. He proceeded to Caius College, Cambridge, there taking up a study of the quaternion algebra. In 1883 he published an article "Some general theorems in quaternion integration". McAulay took his degree in 1886, and began to reflect on the instruction of students in quaternion theory. In an article "Establishment of the fundamental properties of quaternions" he suggested improvements to the texts then in use. He also wrote a technical article on integration. Departing for Australia, he lectured at Ormond College, University of Melbourne from 1893 to 1895. As a distant correspondent, he participated in a vigorous debate about the place of quaternions in physics education. In 1893 his book Utility of Quaternions in Physics was published. A. S. Hathaway contributed a positive review and Peter Guthrie Tait praised it in these terms: Here, at last, we exclaim, is a man who has caught the full spirit of the quaternion system: the real aestus, the awen of the Welsh Bards, the divinus afflatus that transports the poet beyond the limits of sublunary things! Intuitively recognizing its power, he snatches up the magnificent weapon which Hamilton tenders us all, and at once dashes off to the jungle on the quest of big game. McAulay took up the position of Professor of Physics in Tasmania from 1896 until 1929, at which time his son Alexander Leicester McAulay took over the position for the next thirty years. Following William Kingdon Clifford who had extended quaternions to dual quaternions, McAulay made a special study of this hypercomplex number system. In 1898 McAulay published, through Cambridge University Press, his Octonions: a Development of Clifford's Biquaternions. McAulay died 6 July 1931. His brother Francis Macaulay, who stayed in England, also contributed to ring theory. The University of Tasmania has commemorated the McAulays' contributions in Winter Public Lectures. (en)
  • Alexander McAulay (9 de dezembro de 1863 – 6 de julho de 1931) foi um matemático e físico australiano. Foi o primeiro professor de matemática e física da Universidade da Tasmânia, Austrália. McAulay frequentou a Kingswood School em Bath, Somerset, Inglaterra. Seguiu depois para o Caius College em Cambridge, onde iniciou os estudos sobre a álgebra de quaterniões. Em 1883 publicou o artigo "Some general theorems in quaternion integration". McAulay obteve a graduação em 1886, e começou a refletir sobre a instrução de estudantes em teoria dos quaterniões. No artigo "Establishment of the fundamental properties of quaternions" sugere melhorias nos textos então correntes. Também escreveu um artigo técnico sobre integração. Voltando para a Austrália lecionou no Ormond College, Universidade de Melbourne, de 1893 a 1895. Como correspondente distante participou de um vigoroso debate sobre a situação dos quaterniões no ensino da física. Em 1893 foi publicado seu livro Utility of Quaternions in Physics. Arthur Stafford Hathaway contribuiu com uma revisão positiva e Peter Guthrie Tait louvou nestes termos: Here, at last, we exclaim, is a man who has caught the full spirit of the quaternion system: the real aestus, the awen of the Welsh Bards, the divinus afflatus that transports the poet beyond the limits of sublunary things! Intuitively recognizing its power, he snatches up the magnificent weapon which Hamilton tenders us all, and at once dashes off to the jungle on the quest of big game. McAulay assumiu a posição de Professor de Física na Tasmânia de 1896 a 1929, quando seu filho Alexander Leicester McAulay assumiu seu posto pelos próximos trinta anos. Seguindo William Kingdon Clifford, que estendeu os quaterniões para biquaterniões, McAulay fez um estudo especial deste sistema de números hipercomplexos. Em 1898 McAulay publixou pela Cambridge University Press seu Octonions: a Development of Clifford's Biquaternions. McAulay morreu em 6 de julho de 1931. Seu irmão Francis Sowerby Macaulay, que permaneceu na Inglaterra, contribuiu com a teoria dos anéis. A Universidade da Tasmânia comemorou as contribuições de McAulay com as Winter Public Lectures. (pt)
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  • Alexander McAulay (9 December 1863 – 6 July 1931) was the first professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. He was also a proponent of dual quaternions, which he termed "octonions" or "Clifford biquaternions". McAulay took up the position of Professor of Physics in Tasmania from 1896 until 1929, at which time his son Alexander Leicester McAulay took over the position for the next thirty years. (en)
  • Alexander McAulay (9 de dezembro de 1863 – 6 de julho de 1931) foi um matemático e físico australiano. Foi o primeiro professor de matemática e física da Universidade da Tasmânia, Austrália. McAulay frequentou a Kingswood School em Bath, Somerset, Inglaterra. Seguiu depois para o Caius College em Cambridge, onde iniciou os estudos sobre a álgebra de quaterniões. Em 1883 publicou o artigo "Some general theorems in quaternion integration". McAulay obteve a graduação em 1886, e começou a refletir sobre a instrução de estudantes em teoria dos quaterniões. No artigo "Establishment of the fundamental properties of quaternions" sugere melhorias nos textos então correntes. Também escreveu um artigo técnico sobre integração. (pt)
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