MacGregor, James Gordon

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MacGregor, James Gordon

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1759–1830

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James Gordon MacGregor was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 31 March 1852 to the Reverend Peter Gordon MacGregor and Caroline McColl. He was educated in Halifax at the Free Church Academy and Dalhousie University, from which he received his BA in 1871 and MA in 1874. He went on to study natural philosophy (physics) at the University of Edinburgh, Leipzig University and the University of London, where he took his DSC in 1876. In 1877 he returned to Dalhousie to lecture in physics before being appointed George Munro professor at the age of 27. In 1901 MacGregor left Dalhousie to take up the chair of natural philosophy at Edinburgh, where he died in 1913.

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