Edmund Taylor Whittaker  

Born  Southport, Lancashire 
24 October 1873
Died  24 March 1956  (aged 82)
Nationality  English 
Citizenship  United Kingdom 
Alma mater  Trinity College, Cambridge 
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Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematics 
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Other notable students  W. V. D. Hodge Marion Cameron Gray 
Edmund Taylor Whittaker FRS^{[1]} FRSE (24 October 1873 – 24 March 1956)^{[1]}^{[3]}^{[4]} was an English mathematician who contributed widely to applied mathematics, mathematical physics and the theory of special functions. He had a particular interest in numerical analysis, but also worked on celestial mechanics and the history of physics. Near the end of his career he received the Copley Medal, the most prestigious honorary award in British science. The School of Mathematics of the University of Edinburgh holds The Whittaker Colloquium, a yearly lecture in his honour.^{[2]}^{[5]}