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Person: Paley, Raymond Edward Alan Christopher
Raymond Paley was an English mathematician who worked in interpolation and allied trigonometrical problems. He died in a skiing accident.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Raymond Paley was educated at Eton.
- Paley had already proved impressive results on Fourier series and had collaborated with Littlewood, his supervisor.
- Zygmund discovered Paley's extraordinary talent and the two worked jointly on existence proofs, brilliantly applying ideas from Borel's Calcul des probabilités dénombrables.
- Zygmund's book Trigonometric Series published in 1935 owes a debt to the joint work that he carried out with Paley.
- Norbert Wiener was proving important results in areas of interest to Paley so he applied for a Rockefeller International Research Fellowship to allow him to travel to the United States to collaborate with him at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- For a young man of 26, Paley had collaborated with a remarkable group of mathematicians.
- Already with a reputation remarkable for one so young, Paley stood on the brink of becoming one of the very first rank of research mathematicians.
- Mr Paley was skiing alone at an altitude of 9,600 ft, but his death was witnessed by companions lower down the mountainside.
- Norbert Wiener gave the Colloquium Lectures of the American Mathematical Society in 1934 and spoke on Paley's work.
- Paley was to have been a Colloquium Lecturer himself.
- In a group notable for its brilliant technique, no one had developed this technique to a higher degree than Paley.
Born 7 January 1907, Bournemouth, England. Died 7 April 1933, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive