David Simms, b. 1933
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David Simms, b. 1933


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Track 1: Reflections on a colonial background in India, and his mother and siblings’ escape to the Cape of Good Hope during World War II. His father, Gerald, a civil servant in India during this time, later joined Trinity College Dublin as assistant to Professor Moody. Track 2: In 1951 David’s entry to Trinity College Dublin as an undergraduate to study Mathematics, and subsequently securing a Foundation Scholarship, which entitled him to reside in college. Track 3: Following graduation, secured a PhD from Cambridge and lectured in Glasgow University for six years. Track 4: Appointed Lecturer in Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin. Track 5: The reflections of ‘an outsider’ that Ireland was, at this time, a community divided along traditional religious lines. His sense of ease in the environment of Trinity. Became Head of Mathematics in 1991, remaining in this position until 1997, and his work in curriculum development during this time. His retirement in 2003, subsequently continuing to lecture and his retention of an office in the college. His input into the organisation of a modern Mathematics Library.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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17.15 MB, 8.06 MB, 9.62 MB, 4.20 MB, 16.10 MB

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Fellow Emeritus, Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore