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

Monument: The monument ti in good condition but the inscription has eroded and is now hard to read.

The monument in November 2017.

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:

Wilikpedia – James Challis

James Challis; Sarah Challis