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Encyclopedia > Chair (official)

A chair or "seat" is also a seat of office, authority, or dignity, such as the chairperson of a committee, or a professorship at a college or university, or the individual that presides over business proceedings.


Chairs at academic institutions are often named after the person who donated the money to support the position. Such a chair often comes with guaranteed funding, which makes them highly coveted. A given school, especially an older and well financed one, may have many such chairs. See, for example the List of Professorships at the University of Cambridge. This is a list of professorships at the University of Cambridge. ...


One of the best known examples is the Lucasian chair of mathematics at Cambridge University in England. This chair was held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, and Stephen Hawking, among others. The incumbent of the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, the Lucasian Professor is the holder of a mathematical professorship at Cambridge University. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... Sir Isaac Newton, PRS (4 January [O.S. 25 December 1642] 1643 – 31 March [O.S. 20 March] 1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, alchemist, and philosopher associated with the scientific revolution and the advancement of heliocentrism. ... Charles Babbage Charles Babbage (December 26, 1791 – October 18, 1871) was an English mathematician, analytical philosopher and (proto-) computer scientist who originated the idea of a programmable computer. ... Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, OM (August 8, 1902 – October 20, 1984) was a British theoretical physicist and a founder of the field of quantum physics. ... Hawking as himself on Star Trek: The Next Generation Professor Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, (born January 8, 1942) is one of the worlds leading theoretical physicists. ...

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