Alec Aitken

lived from 1895 to 1967

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.

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http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Aitken.html