From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Adrain, Robert, mathematician, was born at Carrickfergus, 30th September 1775. He commanded a company of insurgents in 1798, and was dangerously wounded, but managed to escape to the United States. He taught school successively at Princeton, New Jersey, and at York and Reading, Pennsylvania. He was Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Rutger's College, in 1810 and 1811; at Columbia College, from 1813 to 1825; and in the University of Pennsylvania, from 1827 to 1834. He was member of many scientific bodies in Europe and America. He edited the Mathematical Diary from 1825 to 1828, prepared an edition of Hutton's Mathematics, and contributed to magazines. Robert Adrian died at New Brunswick, New Jersey, 10th August 1843, aged 67.
37a. Biographical Dictionary—American Biography: Francis S. Drake. Boston, 1876.