Person: Coulson, Charles Alfred
Charles Coulson's main area of interest was molecular physical chemistry, but he contributed to many other areas.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Dundee where Coulson was appointed as senior lecturer in mathematics at Queen's College, part of the University of St Andrews.
- As a devout Methodist, Coulson was a conscientious objector during World War II.
- In 1941 Coulson published Waves.
- Clearly D E Rutherford, who taught applied mathematics at St Andrews, had assisted Coulson who expresses his thanks to him in the Preface.
- In 1945 Coulson was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics at University College, Oxford, where he was also a fellow at the Physical Chemistry Laboratory.
- Coulson thanks E T Copson in the Preface of the book for his help in preparing the text.
- Coulson left his chair in London in 1952 when he was appointed Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford where he was also made a fellow of Wadham College.
- In 1970 Coulson underwent an operation for cancer of the prostate.
- Coulson was elected President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in 1972 and held this position until his death.
- Coulson was a talented expositor and this is demonstrated in all his works such as Waves and Electricity which we made special mention of above, and also his best-selling work Valence published in 1952.
- Many honours were thrust on Coulson for his outstanding contributions to mathematics and chemistry.
- However, one must not think that, because Coulson undertook such a massive amount of scientific work, he would have no time for other activities.
Born 13 December 1910, Dudley, near Birmingham, England. Died 7 January 1974, Oxford, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive