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Person: Adamson, Iain Thomas Arthur Carpenter
Iain Adamson was a Scottish mathematician who worked in algebra and published several widely appreciated textbooks.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Iain's secondary education was at Morgan Academy in Dundee and, in 1945, he graduated as Dux of the Academy.
 After graduating from the University of St Andrews, Adamson went to Princeton University in the United States where he undertook research in algebra supervised by Emil Artin.
 Also in 1967, Queen's College became the new University of Dundee and Iain automatically changed from being employed by the University of St Andrews to being a lecturer in the University of Dundee.
 We will look at other aspects of Adamson's life later in this biography, but first we want to look at his greatest mathematical contribution which was as a writer of textbooks.
 Adamson's first textbook was Introduction to field theory (1964).
 Adamson's next book Rings, modules and algebras (1971) was again in his own specialist area of algebra.
 Adamson turned to analysis for his next textbook Elementary mathematical analysis (1975).
 From the information given above of Adamson's three papers on teaching elementary analysis, we could guess that his approach in this book would be innovative; indeed it is.
 Perhaps the two most successfully innovative textbooks by Adamson are A general topology workbook (1996), and A set theory workbook (1998).
 Also in 1996, Adamson published Data structures and algorithms.
 We promised to return to what we can only describe as "another side" of Adamson's life.
 When the University of Dundee asked if members of staff would consider early retirement with parttime reengagement, Adamson accepted the offer.
 Iain quickly became a well known and well respected Minister, especially in regard to pastoral care where his willingness to be a listener rather than a speaker endeared him to people with problems.
 In 2001 Iain and Robin Adamson decided to go to Australia and take up permanent residence in Nedlands.
Born 17 June 1928, Dundee, Scotland. Died 9 June 2010, Nedlands, WA, Australia.
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