Theodore T. Gurney, BA, MA

Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1888–90, & 1895–96

Theodore Gurney - Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1888–90

[image: from Hermes (6 Dec. 1902), courtesy of Rare Books & Special Collections Library, University of Sydney]

Theodore Gurney, English-born, attended St John’s College, Cambridge, where he took both his degrees.

He joined Sydney University in 1877, succeeding M.B. Pell as professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy; in 1889 his position was redesignated as the chair of Mathematics. Gurney was appointed to two terms as dean of the faculty: between the 1880s and late 1890s he and W. Scott essentially shared the deanship, turn and turn about. Like Scott, Gurney firmly supported the creation of the Women’s College, Sydney University. Gurney also served three separate terms of office as chair of the Professorial Board.

Gurney continued to teach mathematics until ill-health forced his retirement in 1902, after which he returned to England.
Australian Dictionary of Biography