Edmund F. Robertson | |
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Born | 1 June 1943 80) | (age

Occupation | Mathematician |

Employer | University of Saint Andrews |

Known for | Creating the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive |

Children | 2 |

**Edmund Frederick Robertson** FRSE (born 1 June 1943) is a professor emeritus of pure mathematics at the University of St Andrews.^{ [1] }

Robertson is one of the creators of the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, along with John J. O'Connor. Robertson has written over 100 research articles, mainly on the theory of groups and semigroups. He is also the author or co-author of 17 textbooks.^{ [1] }

Robertson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of St Andrews in 1965. He then went to the University of Warwick, where he received a Master of Science degree in 1966 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1968.^{ [1] }

In 1998, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.^{ [2] }

In 2015, he received together with his colleague O'Connor, the Hirst Prize of the London Mathematical Society for his work on the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.^{ [3] } His thesis on "Classes of Generalised Nilpotent Groups" was done with Stewart E. Stonehewer.^{ [4] }

He is with his wife, Helena, and his two sons.^{ [5] }

- Algebra Through Practice: A Collection of Problems in Algebra with Solutions: Books 4-6 - with T.S.Blyth, ISBN 978-0521253017
- Rings, Fields and Modules - with T.S.Blyth, 1985, ISBN 978-0521272919
- Sets and mappings - with T.S.Blyth, 1986, ISBN 978-0412278808
- Linear Algebra - with T.S.Blyth, 1986, ISBN 978-0412278501
- Essential Student Algebra: Groups - with T.S.Blyth, 1986, ISBN 978-0412278402
- Basic Linear Algebra - with T.S.Blyth, 1998, ISBN 978-3540761228
- Colin MacLaurin (1698-1746): Argyllshire's Mathematician, 2000, ISBN 978-1902847108
- Further Linear Algebra - with T.S.Blyth, 2002, ISBN 978-1852334253

**James Hardy Wilkinson** FRS was a prominent figure in the field of numerical analysis, a field at the boundary of applied mathematics and computer science particularly useful to physics and engineering.

**Kurt August Hirsch** was a German mathematician who moved to England to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews. His research was in group theory. He also worked to reform mathematics education and became a county chess champion. The Hirsch length and Hirsch–Plotkin radical are named after him.

**Constantin Marie Le Paige** was a Belgian mathematician.

**Mark Aronovich Naimark** was a Soviet mathematician who made important contributions to functional analysis and mathematical physics.

The **Sylvester Medal** is a bronze medal awarded by the Royal Society (London) for the encouragement of mathematical research, and accompanied by a £1,000 prize. It was named in honour of James Joseph Sylvester, the Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford in the 1880s, and first awarded in 1901, having been suggested by a group of Sylvester's friends after his death in 1897. Initially awarded every three years with a prize of around £900, the Royal Society have announced that starting in 2009 it will be awarded every two years instead, and is to be aimed at 'early to mid career stage scientist' rather than an established mathematician. The award winner is chosen by the Society's A-side awards committee, which handles physical rather than biological science awards.

**Pierre Samuel** was a French mathematician, known for his work in commutative algebra and its applications to algebraic geometry. The two-volume work *Commutative Algebra* that he wrote with Oscar Zariski is a classic. Other books of his covered projective geometry and algebraic number theory.

**John Mackintosh Howie** was a Scottish mathematician and prominent semigroup theorist.

**Ernst Sigismund Fischer** was a mathematician born in Vienna, Austria. He worked alongside both Mertens and Minkowski at the Universities of Vienna and Zurich, respectively. He later became professor at the University of Erlangen, where he worked with Emmy Noether.

**Alexander Ivanovich Skopin** (1927–2003) was a Russian mathematician known for his contributions to abstract algebra.

**William Browder** is an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic topology, differential topology and differential geometry. Browder was one of the pioneers with Sergei Novikov, Dennis Sullivan and C. T. C. Wall of the surgery theory method for classifying high-dimensional manifolds. He served as president of the American Mathematical Society until 1990.

**James Alexander "Sandy" Green** FRS was a mathematician and Professor at the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick, who worked in the field of representation theory.

The following is a timeline of key developments of algebra:

**George Chrystal** FRSE FRS was a Scottish mathematician. He is primarily known for his books on algebra and his studies of seiches which earned him a Gold Medal from the Royal Society of London that was confirmed shortly after his death.

**Gordon Bamford Preston** was an English mathematician best known for his work on semigroups. He received his D.Phil. in mathematics in 1954 from Magdalen College, Oxford.

**Helmut Wielandt** was a German mathematician who worked on permutation groups.

**Walter Ledermann** FRSE was a German and British mathematician who worked on matrix theory, group theory, homological algebra, number theory, statistics, and stochastic processes. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1944.

**Lancelot Stephen Bosanquet** was a British mathematician who worked in analysis, especially Fourier series.

**John Williamson** was a Scottish mathematician who worked in the fields of algebra, invariant theory, and linear algebra. Among other contributions, he is known for the Williamson construction of Hadamard matrices. Williamson graduated from the University of Edinburgh with first-class honours in 1922. Awarded a Commonwealth Fellowship in 1925, he studied at the University of Chicago under the direction of L. E. Dickson and E. H. Moore, receiving the Ph.D. in 1927. He held a Lectureship in Mathematics at the University of St Andrews and an Associate Professorship in Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University.

**George Cunliffe McVittie** (1904–1988) was a British mathematician and cosmologist. He is best known for his contributions towards radio astronomy.

- 1 2 3 "www-groups.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~edmund/CV.html".
*www-groups.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk*. Archived from the original on 14 April 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2020. - ↑
*Current Fellows*. Archived 27 June 2004 at the Wayback Machine Royal Society of Edinburgh. Accessed 8 November 2008. - ↑ Colm Mulcahy:
*MacTutor History of Mathematics website creators honoured by LMS*. The Aperiodical, 19. July 2015 - ↑ Edmund Frederick Robertson Math Genealogy Project
- ↑ "Edmund Robertson's Personal Home Page".
*turnbull.mcs.st-and.ac.uk*. Archived from the original on 9 January 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2021.

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