Person: Jeffery, Ralph
Ralph Jeffery was a Canadian mathematician who worked on analysis.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Frank Jeffery was a fisherman.
- We have reached Jeffery's university education without mentioning mathematics.
- This may not seem like a particularly good foundation for research in mathematics, but Jeffery had come to love the subject so much that he went to Cornell University to undertake graduate studies.
- At this point Jeffery had not completed his doctorate so, in 1928, he returned to Cornell University to finish off his work.
- Before he submitted his thesis, Jeffery was publishing papers such as Definite integrals containing a parameter and The Continuity of a Function Defined by a Definite Integral, the latter being in the American Mathematical Monthly.
- Jeffery remained at Acadia University until 1942, except for one year which he spent as acting as Head of Mathematics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1938.
- The Mathematics Department at Queen's was fairly small with seven faculty members when Jeffery became Head.
- Queen's University honoured Jeffery's outstanding contribution by naming a new building, built between 1967 and 1969 to house the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, as Jeffery Hall.
- An important book which Jeffery published in 1951 was The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable.
- Jeffery was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1937 and latter served as its President.
- Jeffery received many honours for his outstanding work in encouraging mathematical research in Canada.
- The Canadian Mathematical Society honoured him by setting up the Jeffery-Williams Prize to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research.
- In 1956 Nellie Jeffery died.
Born 3 October 1889, Overton, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Died 1975, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive