George Boole’s house in Cork City in bad state

Kevin Boole, great grand nephew of George Boole (1815-1864) has given me some details of his Boole family history and a link to his own family history website: Boole – Ancestors and Descendants.

Below are images of George Boole and family, courtesy of Kevin Boole.

George Boole and family

George Boole and family

Kevin also let me know that in 2014, University College, Cork will have celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Boole’s birth in 1815, and they will also mark the 150th anniversary of his death in 2014.
Here is a link to the collection of Boole papers in UCC.

[added 16th February 2011]


George Boole’s former house

added 17th January 2011 (photo: Randy Jordan)


Petition to save George Boole’s house: Petition: sign here

I was appalled to learn on twitter via Eoin Lettice’s tweet (on 2st Oct 2010) with regard to the condition of George Boole’s house in Cork City. Eoin Lettice’s blog post on the condition of the house where George Boole, once lived in Cork City, says it all:
http://www.communicatescience.eu/2010/10/letting-booles-memory-collapse-doesnt.html

This neglect by the authorities of an 18th century building which once housed George Boole, inventor of Boolean Algebra, is shocking. At the moment, the University of Lincoln in George Boole’s home town in England is celebrating Boolefest (29th October – 6th November).

The Boolefest website states:

Help reclaim Lincoln’s famous son, the grandfather of all things digital, at this arts and sciences festival.

Performances, exhibitions and public lectures celebrating George Boole, Lincoln-born mathematician and father of binary logic.

The University of Linclon has a link to this YouTube video:
YOUTUBE VIDEO, George Boole.

The media is writing about the negleted house:

The Irish Examiner had an article on the 22nd October 2010.

The Cork Independent has picked up on the story in its 28th October 2010 edition.

The Irish Times 28thOct. 2010.

In Cork, we have the Boole Library at UCC, named after George Boole who worked in UCC for a period of time before his premature death in 1864.

UCC also has this webpage devoted to George Boole: The Greatness of George Boole by William Reville, University College, Cork. Their webpage states that the article on George Boole, first appeared in The Irish Times, May 20, 1996.

I quote:

A window, The Boole Window, was installed by public subscription in the Aula Maxima at UCC. Recently the new Boole Library and Boole Lecture Theatre complex at UCC were named in his honour. However, his most enduring legacy will be that whenever the subjects of Mathematics, Electronics, Logic, Information Theory, Cybernetics and Computer Science are taught, his name will be remembered for his beautiful, simple and universally useful theories.

George Boole was born in Lincoln in 1815. He died in Cork in 1864 and is buried in the churchyard of St. Michael’s Church of Ireland, Blackrock. His memory is part of our Cork heritage.

Update on 1st February 2014: 2015 – The Year of George Boole

UCC has set up a website: http://georgeboole.com/ to showcase George Boole’s life and legacy. [updated October 2014]

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4 Responses to George Boole’s house in Cork City in bad state

  1. REGINALD BURNETT BOOLE says:

    HELLO ..AS YOU CAN SEE I CARRY THE SAME LAST NAME ,I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED IF WE COULD BE REALITIVES AS A MATER OF FACT I OFTEN TELL THEM ABOUT GEORGE BOOLE AND ALGERBA TO CONVINCE THEM TO DO BETTER I WAS JUST LOOKING INTO SIGNING THE PETITION IF POSSIBLE COULD YOU HELP ME …YOURS TRULY….REG BOOLE

  2. betty says:

    I invite you to add the history of the Boole house to History of Homes. The stories of such landmarks are worth researching and sharing.

  3. My farther is from Cork and i currently live in and spent most of my childhood there. For almost 30 years i also lived in Lincoln. For more than 20 years i’ve been a programmer so in an average working day (while declaring a Boolean variable) i will type his name or some variation of (depending on the programming language i’m currently using) half a dozen or so times. I will normally (language permitting) use a lower case letter at the beginning of other simple types such as integer string and so on but Bool or Boolean always gets a capital B in my code. The house that’s currently in such a state of disrepair is where he wrote ‘An Investigation In To The Laws Of Thought’ in which he proposed his system of symbolic logic. Everything any computer does is ultimately a series of Boolean logical operations that were invented in that house.

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