Person: Hobson, Ernest William
Ernest Hobson wrote the first English book on the measure theory and integration of Baire, Borel and Lebesgue.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Hobson then won a mathematics scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, entering in 1874.
- Hobson was the first appointment to the Stokes lectureship.
- Probably mainly due to this particularly influential work, Hobson was elected Sadleirian professor at Cambridge in 1910.
- The leisure which Hobson enjoyed after his election to the Sadleirian Professorship enabled him to devote himself to its complete rewriting, and the second edition (1922-25) was double the size of the first.
- Hobson was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1893, serving as a member of its council, and being awarded the Society's Royal Medal in 1907.
- To many Hobson is better known for the Gifford lectures he gave on The domain of natural science at the University of Aberdeen in 1921-22 than for his mathematical contribution.
Born 27 October 1856, Derby, England. Died 19 April 1933, Cambridge, England.
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