Professor Anecdotes (Post No.4039)

Compiled by London Swaminathan
Date: 30 June 2017
Time uploaded in London-14-02
Post No. 4039

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.



William Lyon Phelps, on a pre-Christmas examination paper found written

God only knows the answer to this question. Merry Christmas.

He returned the paper with the notation,

“God gets an A; you get an F. Happy New Year “



The celebrated Prof. Maclaurin , the famous mathematician of Edinburgh college and the able expounder of Newtons Principia , always dislocated his jaw and was unable to shut his mouth whenever he yawned. His pupils took advantage of this physical affliction. When tired of his lecture, they either began to yawn or open their mouths in imitation of that act, and the professor began to yawn too, by unconscious imitation. He stood before them with his mouth open and could not proceed till he rang for his servant to come and shut it. In the meantime, the mischievous enemies of Euclid effected their escape.




Told by John Erskine,

At the end of my university studies when I was leaving for my first professional job, I went to say goodbye to my old teacher William Peterfield Trent. I can give you no theoretical advice in pedagogy, he said, but I will tell you one thing from experience. It will frequently happen when you are holding forth that some boy in the class will disagree. He will probably shake his head violently. You will be tempted to go after him and convert him then and there. Don’t do it. He is probably the only one who is listening.




Professor Parson, in a dispute, so exasperated his opponent by the dryness of his sarcasm that the latter at length exclaimed,

“Mr Parson, I beg leave to tell you, sir, that my opinion of you is a perfectly contemptible one”.

Parson replied,

“I never knew any opinion of yours, sir, which was not contemptible”.




Harvard’s famous professor Charles Townsend Copeland, for many years occupied a couple of cramped ,dusty too, on the top floor of Hollis Hall. He was frequently urged to move to more comfortable and fitting quarters.

“No”, he always said.

“I shall always live on the top floor. It is the only place in Cambridge where god alone is above me. He is busy, but he is quiet”.




Interrupted by the sound of the bell announcing the end of the class, the professor was annoyed to see the students noisily preparing to leave although he was in the very middle of his lecture.

“Just a moment, gentlemen, he said, I have a few more pearls to cast”.

Xxx SUBHAM xxxx



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  1. All anecdotes are splendid .Perhaps the sharpest is the last one. Those were the days when the youngsters read their Bibles, and could not not have missed what the professor meant them to be! This is from the New Testament, Matthew, 7:6

    “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
    neither cast. ye your pearls before swine,
    lest they trample them. under their feet,
    and turn again and rend you.”

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