Frank Plumpton Ramsey
4 Mortimer Road
History of 4 Mortimer Road
3 & 4 Mortimer Road
1880 – 1887:
This was the home of journalist James Drake Digby who founded the National Skating Association. He previously lived in Mill Road c.1877 and in Radegund Buildings Jesus Lane c.1869. From 1889 he moved to Hornsey.
James Drake Digby ©Cambs Collection
See Enid Porter, Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore p237f for Fenland ice-skating.
Herbert Ainslie Roberts, mathematician
Herbert Ainslie Roberts, 4 Mortimer Road
April 1927 – 1930:
Home of Frank Plumpton Ramsey. He was born at 71 Chesterton Road, son of Arthur Stanley Ramsey, fellow and later president of Magdalene College. Frank became a fellow of King’s College at the age of 21 and a university lecturer in mathematics in 1926. He died in 1930 after an abdominal infection.
Ramsey was the first to translate Ludwig Wittgenstein‘s Tractatus Logic-Philosophicus into English. Wittgenstein lived at 4 Mortimer Road for a short time after returning to Cambridge from Austria in 1929. He then moved to Frostlake Cottage on Malting House Lane.