Person: Jeffreys, Harold
Harold Jeffreys was an English mathematician, statistician, geophysicist, and astronomer.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Harold Jeffries attended school at Fatfield then, in 1903, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Rutherford College in Newcastle- upon- Tyne.
- At the time Jeffreys entered the College it was a part of Durham University.
- Jeffreys worked in the Cavendish Laboratories on war related work from 1915 until 1917.
- Jeffreys was to remain on the staff at Cambridge, but not as a mathematician.
- As a lecturer Jeffreys had a poor reputation.
- We began by attending a lecture course given by Professor Harold Jeffreys on 'Probability'.
- Jeffreys's work in diverse areas of science had mathematical applications as their link.
- As a result of his study of earthquake waves, Jeffreys became the first to claim that the core of the Earth is liquid.
- Although uncommunicative, Harold could be a good talker ...
Born 22 April 1891, Fatfield (near Durham), England. Died 18 March 1989, Cambridge, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive