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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Rutherford Cochrane (1850-1910)

Click to enlargeUniversity professor of Mathematics.

Born on 9 August 1850 in Sullivan Township, Ontario, son ofIrish immigrants James Cochrane and Susanna Rutherford, he was educated at home then taught school at Sullivan for several years before continuing his education at the Ottawa Normal School. He attended the University of Toronto from 1879 to 1885, taking an honours course in mathematics and physics. After graduating, he was appointed Principal of the Perth [Ontario] Collegiate Institute until being appointed a professor of mathematics at Wesley College in Winnipeg in September 1888.

He married Eva Rosetta Reilly of Wiltshire, England on 6 April 1891, with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He was one of the first six professors hired by the University of Manitoba, in 1904, the others being Frank Allen (Physics), Gordon Bell (Bacteriology), Reginald Buller (Botany and Geology), Matthew Archibald Parker (Chemistry), and Swale Vincent (Physiology and Zoology).

Cochrane died on 3 April 1910, in Winnipeg, as a result of complications from diabetes. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

Page revised: 17 February 2008

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