Cargill Gilston

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Cargill Gilston Knott was born in Penicuik, Midlothian back in 1856 to Pelham and Ellen. He graduated from Arbroath High School and went on to continue his education at the University of Edinburgh obtaining he doctorate in 1879. Later in 1879 he was appointed an assistant in Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University, a post which he held until 1883.

He was a founder of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, taking the chair in that same year. He moved to Tokyo helping the government on an important project (more on that in a moment). He returned to England in 1891 where he worked as the Reader in Applied Mathematics at Edinburgh until his death in 1922.

What you may not know about Cargill Gilston Knott is that he was an early pioneer in seismological research, he helped identify the areas of Japan that had frequent earthquakes. Part of his job was to help Japan build lighthouses that could withstand the earthquakes. His accomplishments are too numerous for me to mention. So, the next time you think about an earthquake think about the pioneer who would help understand, predict and mitigate the effects of those earthquakes. Goodness knows how many lives he saved. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, pass it on

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Comments (21)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a great contribution he made to Japan by being able to advance understanding of earthquakes

Feb 21, 2018 04:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

James - very important man.  I am sure that his inventions were used in California as well.

Feb 21, 2018 04:25 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray we'll leave the thought of earthquakes to those who live in California.... we have enough issues with blizzards and hurricanes....

Feb 21, 2018 04:31 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Hopefully, the only shake I feel here is from the vehicle next to me blaring!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 21, 2018 04:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes you know it, sometimes you have an idea and somtimes, lke today, you are clueless. Yep, the last one applies to me today! Enjoy your day!

Feb 21, 2018 04:41 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In Japan with so many homes that were paper oriented the earthquakes woud also cause fires that destroyed communities. I am glad he took an interest.

Feb 21, 2018 04:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray,

Who knew about Cargil Knott. It was good he took an interest and helped Japan with their earthquakes. A huge contribution! Thank you for sharing.

Feb 21, 2018 05:14 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm a big fan of lighthouses, James.  I can thank this gentleman for many of them that are still standing.

Feb 21, 2018 05:46 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My Grandmother loved lighthouses and she would certainly have enjoyed that they were built to withstand earthquakes.

Feb 21, 2018 06:19 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A fascinating guy for sure. Important work and impact.

Feb 21, 2018 06:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how interesting! It always amazes me when I read about Cargill Gilston Knot and so many others like him who have made so many contributions.

Feb 21, 2018 06:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - This is a legacy that is important to those areas of the world that experience earthquakes. Coming for California, I have been in the middle of many powerful named earthquakes and his accomplishments are well noted. 

Feb 21, 2018 07:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Given what this man accomplished, his name should be a household name, if you ask me.

Feb 21, 2018 08:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Had no idea of Cargil Gilson Knot's accomplishments.  His accomplishments have not been well marketed in California. A

Feb 21, 2018 09:55 AM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

It's interesting to see how people react to natural disasters. I would be interested to learn what stabilization techniques they discovered and how they have been incorporated into modern buildings. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 21, 2018 05:51 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Another interesting profile on a person in our history James Dray how many lives has Mr. Knott helped to save...too many to count!

Feb 21, 2018 10:14 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

What an outstanding legacy this man has left for generations !

Feb 22, 2018 02:17 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I'm sure his work has saved a lot of lives and spurred the new thinking of earthquake area designs.

Feb 22, 2018 05:28 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

What a wonderful life and accomplishments.  Amazing that we do not hear enough about people who offer so much to better the lives of  humanity like Cargil Gilston Knott.

Feb 24, 2018 03:06 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow James now that I live in "earthquake country" aka California I am surprised that his name is not more exposed here...Endre

Feb 24, 2018 10:34 PM