E. T. Whittaker

Edmund Taylor Whittaker
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Born (1873-10-24)24 October 1873
Southport, Lancashire
Died 24 March 1956(1956-03-24) (aged 82)
Nationality English
Citizenship United Kingdom
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Academic advisors
Doctoral students
Other notable students W. V. D. Hodge
Marion Cameron Gray
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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]

  1. ^ a b c Temple, G. (1956). "Edmund Taylor Whittaker. 1873-1956". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 2: 299–325. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1956.0021. 
  2. ^ a b c E. T. Whittaker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Dingle, H. (1956). "Edmund T. Whittaker, Mathematician and Historian". Science. 124 (3214): 208–209. doi:10.1126/science.124.3214.208. PMID 17838072. 
  4. ^ Aitken, A. C. (2009). "The Contributions of E. T. Whittaker to Algebra and Numerical Analysis". Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society. 11: 31. doi:10.1017/S001309150001436X. 
  5. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "E. T. Whittaker", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews .

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