Person: Collingwood, Edward Foyle
Edward Collingwood was an English mathematician who worked in complex analysis.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Colonel Collingwood had a career in the army, commanding the Lancashire Fusiliers in the battle of Omdurman in September 1898.
- Collingwood was educated at the Royal Naval College Osborne, which he entered in 1913, moving to Dartmouth in the following year.
- He joined the Navy and became a midshipman in 1915 on the ship HMS Collingwood.
- This ship was named after Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood who was Nelson's second in command at the battle of Trafalgar.
- However Collingwood's naval career came to an end when he fell down a hatchway on board ship, broke his wrist and damaged his knee, just before the Battle of Jutland.
- Collingwood was influenced by his advisor of studies, Hardy at Cambridge and decided early on that he would undertake research in mathematics.
- Although there were many others in Collingwood's year at Cambridge like Burkill, Ingham and Newman, he seems to have had little contact with them.
- In 1922 Collingwood went to Aberystwyth at the invitation of W H Young.
- In 1937 Collingwood left Cambridge and became High Sheriff of Northumberland.
- Collingwood became involved with hospital boards in Newcastle, being a founder member of the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board and its chairmen from 1953 to 1968, then later he was involved with medical affairs on a national and international level.
- Despite these numerous activities Collingwood still found time for various hobbies.
- As with all his activities Collingwood made a deep study of his hobbies and became a recognised expert on Chinese porcelain.
Born 17 January 1900, Alnwick, Northumberland, England. Died 25 October 1970, Alnwick, Northumberland, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive