CFHS code : BE114

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : JAMES CHALLIS Plumian Professor b Dec 12 1803 d Dec 3 1882 SARAH wife of the above b March 20 1789 d Aug 31 1870

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202666, 0.13624474 – click here for location

Challis monument November 2017

Monument

The monument, in the parish area of St Bene’t,  is in good condition but the inscription has eroded and is now hard to read.

Inscription

JAMES CHALLIS Plumian Professor b Dec 12 1803 d Dec 3 1882

SARAH wife of the above b March 20 1789 d Aug 31 1870

James Challis (1803-1882)

James was born in Braintree, Essex on 12 December 1803 and died in Cambridge on 3 December 1882. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1825 as Senior Wrangler and was elected a fellow in 1826.

He was a Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philopsophy and the Director of the Cambridge Observatory.  James was an examiner for the Smith’s prize – two prizes awarded annually to two research students for mathermatics and theoretical physics.  In this capacity, he appraised the early work of Arthur Cayley (also buried in the Cemetery)

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Sarah Challis (1789-1870)

Sarah Copsey (nee Chandler), was a widow when she married James.  He resigned his Trinity Fellowship on marriage.  The couple had a son and a daughter.

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Source:

Wikipedia – James Challis

James Challis; Sarah Challis