Person: Edmonds, Sheila May
Sheila Edmonds was an English mathematician who worked infinite series and went on to become Vice-Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Although women could attend classes and take the examinations at the University of Cambridge in Edmonds' time, they could still not graduate with a degree which only became possible in 1947.
- Edmonds' doctoral thesis Some multiplication problems was completed in 1944.
- In the second of the two papers Edmonds looks at conditions under which the integral from 0 to ∞ of the product of two functions f(x)f (x)f(x) and g(x)g(x)g(x) is equal to the integral from 0 to ∞ of the product of the cosine transforms of the two functions f(x)f (x)f(x) and g(x)g(x)g(x).
- In a series of papers published over the following years Edmonds examined a whole variety of different conditions on the functions fff and ggg which give the required equalities.
- In 1957 Edmonds published Sums of powers of the natural numbers.
- Edmonds wished to give this aspect of her job 100% of her effort, so after 1957 she published no further papers.
- Edmonds made important contributions in addition to her teaching.
Born 1 April 1916, Kingston, Kent, England. Died 2 September 2002, Cambridge, England.
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Origin England, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive