Kemp, John (1763-1812)

KEMP, John, L L.D. professor of mathematics in Columbia college, New-York, was born at Achlossan, North Britain, April 10th, 1763, and obtained the degree of Master of Arts at Aberdeen, in 1761, with great reputation for mathematical talents and knowledge. About the close of the war of the revolution he came to Virginia, and not long after4 removed to New-York, where, in 1785 he was appointed teacher of mathematics in the college, and the next year professor of that depart" ment. He also instructed in Natural Philosophy. In 1795, he was appointed professor likewise of Geography, History, and Chronology; and discharged the duties of those appointments with distinguished talents and fidelity. He died November 15th, 1812, in his 51st year.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 515.

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