The College began life in 1885 as 'The People's Palace', a cultural and recreational centre for the population of the East End of London. It offered a swimming pool, donkey and pony rides, flower shows, concerts and evening classes. In 1892 the educational side of the People's Palace became the East London Technical College under the direction of the Rev. J.L.S. Hatton, a pupil of the geometer J.J. Sylvester. Through his efforts the College became a School of London University - the first postgraduate student in mathematics at the College began work in 1906. Westfield College in Hampstead amalgamated with the College in summer 1989, and in 1995, the medical schools of the Royal London Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital were formally merged with the College.
The modern growth of the mathematics department at Queen Mary began with the appointment of G.C. McVittie in 1948. The subsequent appointments of V.C.A. Ferraro and K.A. Hirsch in 1951/2 led to the creation of the Applied and the Pure sections of the department and the appointment of Ian Roxburgh in the 1960’s led eventually to the Astronomy Unit being established in 1983. Astronomy in Applied and Algebra in Pure developed into major research centres of world renown. Astronomy recently relocated to the physics department.
Kurt Hirsch founded the powerful group theory research group at Queen Mary in the 1950’s and prominent group theorists have been regularly appointed at Queen Mary ever since. In the 1960’s Paul Cohn while at Queen Mary introduced a more general ring theoretic flavour to the group and Karl Gruenberg moved more towards homological algebra, representation theory and, later, number theory. In the 1970’s Ian G. Macdonald arrived and brought a more commutative algebra and Lie theory to Queen Mary and then in the1980’s Dan Hughes and Peter Cameron founded Queen Mary’s flourishing combinatorics research group. The department has also housed over the years other research active individuals outside of the general algebra/combinatorics arena, for example in algebraic topology and algebraic geometry.
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