Person: Lidstone, George James
George Lidstone was an actuary who worked for various Edinburgh insurance companies. He wrote papers on various numerical and statistical topics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- George Lidstone attended Birkbeck School, Clapton.
- In 1913 Lidstone was appointed as Manager and Actuary of the Scottish Widows' Fund in Edinburgh.
- The Senatus desires to mark its appreciation of this friendly spirit of co-operation In- including Mr Lidstone's name in the roll of honorary graduates.
- Lidstone's sight had deteriorated over a number of years and it caused him to give up his Directorships of the Scottish Widows' Fund and of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
- By now Lidstone was totally blind but he struggled on bravely facing the difficulties alone.
- All who have had the privilege of visiting Mr Lidstone bear witness to the courage with which he has borne his affliction.
- Mr William Penman, a Past-President of the Institute, presented the Address in person to Mr Lidstone at his home in Edinburgh.
- Mr Lidstone has since written the letter reprinted below.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 4 March 1918, his proposers being Sir Edmund T Whittaker, George Macritchie Low, John Horne, Cargill Gilston Knott.
- Let us give a couple of examples of papers Lidstone wrote.
- In 1942 Lidstone published Notes on the Poisson frequency distribution.
Born 11 December 1870, London, England. Died 12 May 1952, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive