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A recent professor in an American college is thus honored by the London Spectator. "Professor Sylvester is selected to succeed the late Professor Henry Smith as Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford. Prof. Sylvester is-with perhaps some question as to Professor Cayley-the most brilliant and original mathematician of his time. Nor has the fertility of his genius, it is said, diminished with age, though he is believed to be already seventy. He leaves the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, where his genius has been greatly valued and born large fruit, at Christmas, and will, we suppose, assume his new duties at Oxford early in 1884. Oxford has chosen outside her own University, and has indisputably made a brilliant choice."

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