Herbert Westren Turnbull

1885 - 1961

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Herbert Turnbull graduated from Cambridge and then taught at Cambridge, Liverpool and Hong Kong. After a period as a schoolteacher in England and as a Schools Inspector he went to Oxford before being appointed Regius Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews. He held this post for nearly 30 years. He was interested in Invariant Theory and in the History of Mathematics. He became President of the EMS in 1933 and 1950 and an honorary member in 1954.
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List of References (5 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Papers in the Proceedings and Notes of the EMS
  2. Preface to The Great Mathematicians
  3. H W Turnbull's Scottish Contribution to the Calculus
  4. The Tercentenary of the birth of James Gregory
  5. Gregory's Observatory
  6. Gregory's Astronomical Clock
  7. The Upper Hall of the University Library
  8. Turnbull lectures on Colin Maclaurin
  9. Turnbull and Aitken: Canonical Matrices
  10. Turnbull appointed Professor
  11. Walter Ledermann's memoir
  12. Science at St Andrews by Herbert Westren Turnbull
  13. Obituary: The Times
  14. Obituary: Edinburgh Mathematical Society
  15. Obituary: London Mathematical Society
  16. Obituary: Royal Society of Edinburgh

Honours awarded to Herbert Turnbull
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1922
EMS President1926
Fellow of the Royal Society1932
EMS President1933
EMS President1950
Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Maths Society1954


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