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PERKINS, George Roberts, mathematician, born in Otsego county, New York, 3 May, 1812; died in New Hartford, Connecticut, 22 August, 1876. He was self-educated, and at the age of eighteen was employed in the slackwater survey of the Susquehanna river. He was a teacher of mathematics in Clinton, New York, from 1831 till 1838, when he became principal of Utica academy. On the opening of the New York state normal school in 1844 he was chosen professor of mathematics there, and in 1848 he became principal, which post he resigned in 1852 on being assigned to superintend the erection of the Dudley observatory. In 1858-'62 he was deputy state engineer, and in the latter year he was elected a regent of the university of the state. His works had a wide circulation, and some of them were translated into Spanish. They include "Higher Arithmetic" (New York, 1841) ; "Treatise on Algebra" (1841); "Elements of Algebra" (1844); "Elements of Geometry" (1847) ; "Trigonometry and Surveying" (1851) ; "Plane and Solid Geometry" (1854); also a text-book on astronomy. He contributed many articles to the scientific journals.
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