Edgeworth and Science

As well as their interest in Education both Richard Lovell Edgeworth and his daughter Maria had a deep interest in science with Maria arguing that it should be taught to women. Richard Lovell had links to many leading scientific men of his day thanks to his links to the Lunar Society [Add link to Lunar Society Page]

He also had links with Francis Beaufort and Thomas Romney Robinson through marriage, Maria corresponded with William Rowan Hamilton. His son William was a noted mapmaker, engineer and amateur architect. Another son Michael Pakenham a civil servant in India also made a name for him as a botanist.

Although there is no know connection to the Edgeworth family, the zoologist George Edward Dobson was born in Edgeworthstown the year before Maria died.