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Alexander Aitken

mathematician

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.

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

Works

  • The theory of canonical matrices

  • Determinants and matrices

  • Statistical Mathematics

Interests

  • Music & Bands

    He played the violin and composed music to a very high standard

Connections

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