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Alexander Aitken

Alexander is a mathematician. 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 and later an honorary member of the EMS.

Major achievements

  • He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1925
  • He was elected to the Royal Society of Literature in 1964


  • The theory of canonical matrices
  • Determinants and matrices
  • Statistical Mathematics



Music & Bands: He played the violin and composed music to a very high standard


  • father: William Aitken - Scottish
  • mother: Elizabeth Towers - English
  • Grandfather: Alexander Aitken - Scottish
  • Wife: Mary Winifred Betts
    botany lecturer at Otago University
  • colleague: Colin M Campbell
Alexander Aitken
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Born April 1, 1885
Died November 3, 1967
(aged 82)
  • 1912 - 1913
    the Otago Boys' High School
  • 1913 - 1920
    Otago University
  • 1920
    school teacher, Otago Boys' High School
    Otago, New Zealand
  • 1923 - 1925
    the University of Edinburgh
  • 1925
    Teacher, Edinburgh University



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