Person: Elliott, Edwin Bailey
Edwin Elliott was an English mathematician whose work included algebra, algebraic geometry, synthetic geometry, elliptic functions and invariant theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After outstanding achievements at university, Elliott became a Fellow and Mathematical Tutor of Queen's College, Oxford, in 1874.
- In addition to his Fellowship at Queen's College, Elliott was appointed a lecturer in mathematics at Corpus Christi College in Oxford in 1884.
- These appointments came to an end in 1892 when Elliott became the first Waynflete professor of Pure Mathematics.
- The Waynflete chair came with a Fellowship at Magdalen College so Elliott was again attached to his old College.
- Elliott held the Waynflete chair for 29 years until his retirement in 1921.
- In the book Elliott presented a wealth of material on invariant theory which had been developed on the Continent of Europe, but he presented it in a style which was more familiar to English mathematicians familiar with the work of Cayley and Sylvester.
- It was a popular book and, in 1913, Elliott published a second revised edition.
- All ageing mathematicians should be particularly pleased to learn that a second piece of work by Elliott, which was again of major importance, was his contribution to the theory of integral equations which he made after he retired.
- Elliott wrote well and he always produced clear rigorous arguments.
- Outside mathematics, Elliott had many interests.
Born 1 June 1851, Oxford, England. Died 21 July 1937, Oxford, England.
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