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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

author of two works in Algebra, and sole author of a work on Trigonometry. His books are extensively used throughout Ontario and the North-\Vest, and have received the distinguished honor of a flattering review in the leading mathematical journal in Germany. As a teacher he has been especially successful in each of the positions he has held. He was principal of one of the large public schools in Toronto for five years, which he e-signed to enter upon Collegiate Institute work. He has always taken a very active interest in teachers' associations, both county and provincial, and is the present secretary of the High School Teachers' Association for Ontario. He

is an official member of the First Methodist Church, the efficient superintendent of its Sunday School, and an ex-president of the City Sunday School Association. A diligent biblical student himself, reading the sacred text in Greek and Hebrew, he is also an enthusiastic worker in organizing and conducting conventions and normal classes for the improvement of Sunday School teachers. Dr. Birchard is a Past Master and the present secretary of Brant Lodge A.F. &. A.M., and also a Royal Arch Mason. He was married December 17th, 1870, to Miss Bertha Chapman, of Kingston, Out.


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