ISAAC JAMES BIRCHARD, M.A., Ph.D., mathematical master in the Brantford Collegiate Institute, was born at Uxbridge, Out., October i 1th, 185o. His early life was spent upon the farm, but being very fond of books, all his spare moments were devoted to study. At the age of fifteen he obtained a first-class teacher's certificate, from which time his energies were devoted to educational pursuits. He attended the Normal School, Toronto, distinguishing himself as a teacher, and winning the Provincial gold medal in 1874. Six years later he obtained the B. A. degree, with first-class honors, from Toronto University,
and the Ph.D. degree from
Syracuse University in 1884.
Since that time he has done considerable original work
in mathematics, being joint