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



Educated at Midleton College, County Cork, and The High School, Dublin, he was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Cambridge University. 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. He was also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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. After his election, he established a reputation as one of the few liberal voices in the Seanad. 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.

He was the author of The Bold Collegians, a history of sport in Trinity College, 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.

With John T. Lewis and D. McQuillan he drew up the constitution for the Irish Mathematical Society. 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.


  • 1974. Locally compact semi-algebras : with applications to spectral theory of positive operators. With Rien Kaashoek. Amsterdam ; London : North-Holland Publishing Co.
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