Portrait of Robert Tucker

Name: Robert Tucker

Burial Number: 0455

Gender: Male

Occupation: Teacher of Mathematics

Born: 26/04/1832

Died: 29/01/1905

Buried: 03/02/1905


Robert Tucker was born in Walworth, and baptised on 26th April 1832 at St. Mary’s, Newington, London. His father was Robert Tucker, gentleman, and his mother, Fanny. Robert was privately educated in Newport, Isle of Wight, Lancing College, and finally Cambridge University, where he entered St. John’s College, in 1851, graduating with a B.A. in 1854 and M.A. in 1859. He taught mathematics in several prestigious schools and university colleges, including, Windlesham, Bagshot, Brighton College and London University.

Robert was highly regarded in the world of mathematical education, being Honorary Secretary of the London Mathematical Society for thirty years. He was an avid collector of photographs of mathematicians connected with the London Mathematical Society and his collection, now called the ‘Tucker Collection’, is kept in the archives in De Morgan House in London.

On 4th April 1866, aged 33yrs, Robert married Elizabeth Byles, 22yrs, at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. They had 5 children, Maud Elaine, 1867, Edith Marion, 1870, Ernest Charles, 1871, and Gertrude Muriel, 1873. The family lived in London until Robert was nearly 70yrs, and when he retired, they moved to Worthing, living at ‘Middleton’, Rowlands Road, with their 2 unmarried daughters, Maud and Gertrude. When he left London for Worthing in 1902, he was obliged to sell his fine mathematical library, and it was reported that the necessity of parting with it affected him deeply.

Robert Tucker died on 25th January 1905, aged 72yrs, probate was granted to his widow, effects £1506 17s 9d. Value 2021 – £184K.

Researcher: Maggie Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Robert Tucker

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 5 Plot: 14

Exact Location (what3words): leave.nods.share

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Robert Tucker who died January 29th 1905 aged 72 years "He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" John Vl.47. Also Gertrude Muriel daughter of the above who died May 14th 1926. Also Elizabeth his wife who died Dec 11th 1926 "In sure and certain hope"

Further Information


Name: Robert Tucker

Gender: Male

Born: 26/04/1832

Town: Walworth

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 4/4/1866

Spouse First Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Byles

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Isle of Wight

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/01/1905

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Middleton

Address line 3: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1506 17 s 9 d

Current value of effects: £184000

Census Information


Charterhouse School, Middlesex. Richard Tucker, 60yrs, Officer on half pay, 2 nephews, Frederick Jacobs, 19yrs, and Robert Tucker, 18yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 115, Prince of Wales Road, St. Pancras. Robert 38yrs, MA Cambs. Mathematics Master, University College School, wife, Elizabeth, 27, 3 children, Maud E. 4, Edith M. 1, Ernest C. 4months, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at 27, Cantelowes Road, St. Pancras. Robert Tucker, 48yrs, Teacher, wife, Elizabeth, 38yrs, 3 children, Maud E. 14, Edith M. 11, Gertrude M. 8, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 24, Hillmaster Road, Islington, Robert Tucker, 58yrs, Mathematics Tutor, wife, Elizabeth, 47yrs, 3 children, Maud E. 24, Edith M. 20, Gertrude M. 18, Jane Byles, 77, widow, living on own means, visitor, Ethel S. Plumley, 20, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 24, Hillmaster Road, Islington, Robert Tucker, 68yrs, Mathematics Examiner, wife, Elizabeth, 47yrs, daughter, Maud Elaine, 34yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.

Miscellaneous Information

Robert Tucker was the son of Robert Tucker and Fanny Tucker. Fanny’s maiden name was Tucker, the same as her married name, Robert and Fanny being second cousins. Robert Tucker Sr. was in the Army, an occupation that many of the Tucker family followed. He served in the Peninsula War (1808-14) in Spain and Portugal under Arthur Wellesley, afterward Duke of Wellington, fighting against Napoleon and his allies. However, Robert Tucker Sr. died when Robert, the subject of this biography, was still an infant.

Robert attended school in Newport before going to Woodard School at New Shoreham. The head of this latter school was Henry Jacobs, a cousin of Robert Tucker, who gave him much encouragement and support. Robert was encouraged to sit the examinations to win a sizarship at St John’s College, Cambridge, and although he was unsuccessful at his first attempt, he tried successfully in the following year. He matriculated at St John’s College in 1851 and began a successful undergraduate career. He won a Foundation Scholarship in 1854 and was a Wrangler (First Class) in the Mathematical Tripos examinations of 1855 (although quite far down the ranked list). Following this, Tucker remained at Cambridge studying Hebrew and Moral Philosophy before taking up an appointment as a mathematics teacher


At Cambridge, a sizar was originally an undergraduate student who financed his studies by undertaking more or less menial tasks within his college but, as time went on, was increasingly likely to receive small grants from the college.