Following on from yesterday’s post about George Green, I thought I’d add this little bit of Green trivia.
George Green’s sponsor and patron was the mathematician Edward Bromhead, a Baronet and member of the landed gentry of the county of Lincolnshire. Two generations later in the Bromhead family you will find a certain Gonville Bromhead (presumably named after Gonville & Caius College, the Cambridge college that both Edward Bromhead and George Green attended). As a young man, in January 1879, Lt. Gonville Bromhead fought in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. Almost a century later he was played by Michael Caine in the film Zulu.
Not a lot of people know that.Follow @telescoper