School of Mathematics

The Seggie Brown Bequest

About the research fellowship and student bursary which comprise the William Gordon Seggie Brown Memorial bequest.

Photograph of Seggie Brown

Background information

William Gordon (Seggie) Brown was a young man with a remarkable talent for Mathematics and Physics. He was killed in 1916, aged 21, at Beaumont Hamel, France during the First World War. Before he fell, he had shown a deep and profound enthusiasm for Mathematics and Physics, publishing articles in the Philosophical Magazine and in the Proceedings of Royal Society of Edinburgh. As a boy, Seggie Brown excelled as a pupil of George Watson's College.

To commemorate his life and work, Seggie Brown's family endowed the University of Edinburgh with the William Gordon Seggie Brown Memorial. Through the Seggie Brown Fellowship and Seggie Brown Bursary this prestigious and long-running memorial encourages the study and research of Mathematics and Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.

Picture credit: the family of Seggie Brown and George Watson's College.

The Bequest

The Seggie Brown Fellowship. This is a post-doctoral fellowship in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics which may be held for 2 years.

The Seggie Brown Bursary. This is awarded to a pupil of George Watson's College who is proceeding to study Mathematics or Physics at the University of Edinburgh. It is awarded for outstanding ability in Mathematics. The bursary consists of a Gold Medal and an annual bursary.