Person: Pitt, Harry Raymond
Harry Pitt was an Engish mathematician who worked in real analysis and probability theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 In his final year at King Edward's School, Pitt won a scholarship to read mathematics at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
 Pitt undertook research on Tauberian Theorems, an area that had been greatly developed by Norbert Wiener in the early 1930s.
 Pitt was awarded a doctorate by the University of Cambridge in 1938 for his thesis General Tauberian Theorems.
 In 1939 Pitt was appointed as an assistant lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
 'The Times' remarks that Pitt refused a commission because he felt that such status would limit his freedom to influence senior officers.
 The war ended in 1945 and Pitt finished his war work, being appointed as Professor of Mathematics at Queen's University Belfast.
 After five years in Belfast, Pitt moved to Nottingham in 1950 when appointed as Professor of Pure Mathematics at the university there.
 Then Pitt, the second holder of the Mathematics chair, persuaded the university to found a chair of Applied Mathematics.
 With other arrangements which Pitt made, the atmosphere felt as if, provided one worked conscientiously, good values were handed out on a plate.
 The pleasure in the Department was real when Harry Pitt was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1957, and Rodney Hill likewise in 1961.
 Pitt became involved in university administration being first a member of the Council, then Vicedean followed by Dean of the Faculty of Science and, finally, Deputy ViceChancellor.
 The change in direction for Pitt's career into administration became, in a sense, complete in 1964 when he was appointed as ViceChancellor of Reading University.
 After he retired as ViceChancellor, Pitt served in a number of ways such as being a member of the Royal Society Education Committee from 1980 to 1985 and he was president of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications in 198485.
 Pitt received many honours in addition to election to a fellowship of the Royal Society which we mentioned above.
Born 3 June 1914, Greets Green, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England. Died 8 October 2005, Derby, England.
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