Trevor West

(Timothy) Trevor West (8 May 1938 – 30 October 2012)[1] was an Irish academic and politician.[2]

Trevor West
Trevor West at the Westfest Meeting in Trinity College Dublin in 2005
Born(1938-05-08)8 May 1938
Died30 October 2012(2012-10-30) (aged 74)


Educated at Midleton College in County Cork,[3] and The High School, Dublin, he was a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he was elected a Scholar, and Cambridge University.[4] He was a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1970 and was an associate professor of Mathematics. He was also the Junior Dean and a great supporter of sport at Trinity.[5] He was also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.[3]

He was elected to Seanad Éireann on 19 November 1970 at a by-election for the University of Dublin constituency caused by the death of Owen Sheehy-Skeffington.[2] After his election, he established a reputation as one of the few liberal voices in the Seanad.[1] He was re-elected to the Seanad in 1973 and 1977. He lost his seat at the 1981 Seanad election but was re-elected at the 1982 election. He lost his seat again at the 1983 Seanad election.[2]

He was the author of The Bold Collegians, a history of sport in Trinity College,[5] and was an avid follower of Trinity College's sports programs. A book of essays, Trevor West : The Bold Collegian, recalling his life was launched in October 2016.[6]

With John T. Lewis and D. McQuillan he drew up the constitution for the Irish Mathematical Society.[7] An event was held in his memory at the Royal Irish Academy in December 2013 where a memorial issue of the Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy was presented.[8]

On 14 September 2018, a new sports hall in Midleton College dedicated to the memory of Trevor West was officially opened by the Provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast.[9]


  • Trevor West, with Rien Kaashoek, Locally compact semi-algebras : with applications to spectral theory of positive operators (Amsterdam; London: North-Holland Publishing Co., 1974)
  • Trevor West, The Bold Collegians. The Development of Sport in Trinity College, Dublin (Dublin, 1991)
  • Trevor West, Midleton College, 1696–1996: A Tercentenary History (Midleton: Midleton College, 1996)


  1. "Vigorous scholar, sportsman and senator". The Irish Times. 3 November 2012.
  2. "Dr. Timothy Trevor West". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. "In Memoriam – Timothy Trevor West" (PDF). Dublin University Central Athletic Club. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. "Funeral tomorrow of former TCD academic and senator". The Irish Times. 2 November 2012.
  5. "The Bold Collegians". The Lilliput Press. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  6. "Trevor West : The Bold Collegian". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  7. The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive page on The Irish Mathematical Society
  8. Trevor West: An Irish Mathematician Archived 2013-12-13 at
  9. "Speech by Bishop Paul Colton on the occasion of the official opening of the Trevor West sports hall". 16 September 2018.
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