Edmund Taylor Whittaker

1873 - 1956

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Edmund Whittaker graduated from Cambridge and stayed on with a fellowship. He became Royal Astronomer of Ireland and moved to Dublin before being appointed to the Chair of Mathematics at Edinburgh where he spent the rest of his career. His best known work is in analysis, in particular numerical analysis, but he also worked on celestial mechanics and the history of applied mathematics and physics. He became President of the EMS in 1914 and an honorary member in 1937.
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List of References (11 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Papers in the Proceedings and Notes of the EMS
  2. Walter Ledermann's memoir
  3. Sir Edmund Whittaker - Physics and Philosophy
  4. Whittaker RSE Gunning Prize
  5. Whittaker retires from the EMA
  6. Obituary: EMS Proceedings
  7. Obituary: The Times
  8. Obituary: Royal Society of Edinburgh

Honours awarded to Edmund Whittaker
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Fellow of the Royal Society1905
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1912
EMS President1914
LMS President1928 - 1929
Royal Society Sylvester Medal1931
LMS De Morgan Medal1935
Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Maths Society1937
Royal Society Copley Medal1954


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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Kevin Brown
  1. Mathematical Genealogy Project

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