Edward Van Robays, son of Leonardus Van Robays, carpenter, and Rosalia Fraeye, was ordained priest in Bruges on May 22nd, 1880. He studied pedagogics at the university in Leuven. He started teaching mathematics at the College of Saint Louis on October 4th, 1881. He was committed to the dutchification of mathematical terms and published various contributions on this topic in Gezelle's magazine Rond den Heerd (By the Fireside). He was one of the founders of the magazine Biekorf (Beehive). At his request, Gezelle wrote an occasional poem for his father's holy card. On September 24th, 1892 he joined the order of the Jesuits and set sail for West-Bengal on October 31st, 1894.
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