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