Thomas L Heath

Thomas Little Heath (1861-1940), an authority on numerous esoteric and less esoteric subjects in the history of mathematics, was exceptional in that he was never a university professor. Heath, the son of a Lincolnshire farmer, showed early signs of scholastic ability; he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1879 to 1882, where he received multiple prizes and received the highest grade in the 1884 English Civil Service examination. From there, he proceeded to work for the English Treasury, ascended through the ranks, and by 1913, he was the Treasury's permanent secretary, effectively in charge of the department's operations. He left that position in 1919, at the end of World War I, and went on to work for the National Debt Office for several years before retiring in 1926. At that time, he established himself as one of the world's foremost experts on the history of mathematics, particularly the history of ancient Greek mathematics.

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