Alexander Craig Aitken

1895 - 1967

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Alec Aitken served at Gallipoli and in France with the New Zealand army. His experiences here affected him for the rest of his life. He studied at Edinburgh University after World War I and was then given a post there. He had a prodigious memory and calculating ability. He worked in Statistics, Numerical Analysis and Algebra and made important contributions in all these areas. He became President of the EMS in 1931 and 1951 and an honorary member in 1967.
Full MacTutor biography [Version for printing]

List of References (7 books/articles)

A Poster of Alec Aitken

Mathematicians born in the same country

Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Papers in the Proceedings and Notes of the EMS
  2. Walter Ledermann's memoir
  3. A C Aitken the poet
  4. Edinburgh's tribute to A C Aitken
  5. Turnbull and Aitken: Canonical Matrices
  6. Aitken: "Statistical Mathematics"
  7. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to Alec Aitken
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1925
EMS President1931
Fellow of the Royal Society1936
EMS President1951
BMC morning speaker1956
Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Maths Society1967


Other Web sites
  1. NZMS Newsletter
  2. New Zealand Edge
  1. David Giles
  2. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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