Person: Airey, John Robinson
John Airey graduated from Cambridge and became Principal of the West Ham Technical Institute. He is best known for his work in producing tables of mathematical functions.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- John had three younger siblings, Elizabeth Ann (born 1870), Edwin (born about 1878) and Maud (born about 1880).
- John Airey was educated at Blenheim Board School and Leeds Central High School.
- Airey taught as a Mathematics Master at Porth Intermediate School, Glamorganshire, until 1903 when, at the age of 35, he gave up his job to matriculate at St John's College, Cambridge to study the Natural Science Tripos.
- After graduating, Airey became headmaster of Morley Grammar School, holding the post from 1906 to 1912.
- John R Airey, The Vibrations of Circular Plates and their Relation to Bessel Functions, Proc.
- John R Airey, Sines and cosines of angles in circular measure, British Association for the Advancement of Science Report 1916, 60-91.
- John R Airey, The Lommel-Weber Ω Function and Its Application to the Problem of Electric Waves on a Thin Anchor Ring, Proc.
- John R Airey, The Radiation Integrals, Phil.
- Airey joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in November 1913 when he was the Principal of The Technical Institute, West Ham, London.
- His obituary appeared in Obituary: John Robinson Airey, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 98 (1938), 243-244.
Born June 1868, Hunslet, Leeds, England. Died 16 September 1937, Llwynon, Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales.
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