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John Stephen Roy CHISHOLM

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics

Unversity of Kent, Canterbury

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Roy died in hospital after a short illness on Monday 10th August 2015. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.


Roy’s wish was for the simplest of ceremonies so there will be a private family funeral.

At Roy and Monty’s request no flowers please, however donations direct to Cancer Research would be appropriate. If you want to write, Monty’s postal address is:

27 Moat Sole, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9AU

Some of Roy’s last mathematical studies on Clifford Algebras developed from the work of William Kingdon Clifford. Roy was in sympathy with William Clifford’s epitaph:

I was not, and was conceived

I loved and did a little work;

I am not and grieve not.

Roy’s mind remained active to the end. His classical education helped him approach death, and just before he died he quoted from Euripides -

HECUBA: “Ah! Who art thou that will not let my body rest? Why disturb me in 

my anguish?”

A memorial event will take place at the University of Kent, and we will email further details when available.

Some copies of Roy’s novel “Changing Stations”, published in November 2014, will be available at this event. Please contact Monty if you would like one sent by post.