Person: Heaton, Henry C
Henry Heaton was an American amateur mathematician who published a large number of elegant problems and puzzles.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- We note that George Heaton and Ella M Heaton were twins.
- Rachel was 18, Eliza 17, Henry 14, William 11, and twins George and Ella were 8 years of age.
- Henry Heaton began his two parallel careers at the age of eighteen.
- Heaton's occupation, as shown on the census form, was that of carpenter.
- By this time Heaton's parents had left Greenfield and were living in New Haven, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
- Heaton moved to Des Moines to take up a position as a teacher and there he made the acquaintance of Hendricks who encouraged Heaton's interest in mathematics.
- Hendricks suggested that Heaton subscribe to the Yates County Chronicle and it was to this journal that he began to send solutions of mathematical problems posed in the Chronicle.
- It was Hendricks who taught Heaton the basic concepts of probability theory which he quickly mastered.
- In Volume 3, Part 3, Hendricks published a solution to the "Four Bricks Problem" and notes that Heaton has solved this problem.
- Heaton continued his contributions to the Annals.
- Between 1878 and 1894 Heaton posed, or published solutions to, several problems in The Mathematical Visitor.
- We noted that Heaton met Joel Hendricks when he (Heaton) was teaching at Des Moines in the early 1870s.
- The Heatons did not stay in Des Moines for long for in 1877-78 they were living in Sabula, Jackson County, Iowa, a town on the Iowa/Illinois border almost surrounded by the Mississippi River, where Heaton was Superintendent of Schools.
- By 1879 Heaton was living in Atlantic, Cass county, Iowa, a town between Omaha and Des Moines, and in 1881 in Perry, Iowa, about 40 km north west of Des Moines.
- In 1906 Heaton moved from Atlantic to Belfield, North Dakota.
Born 19 April 1846, Millsboro, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA. Died 27 January 1927, Biddle, Power River County, Montana, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive