Person: Tanner, Cecily
Cecily Tanner was the daughter of the mathematicians William Henry Young and Grace Emily Chisholm. She published excellent papers on Riemann-Stieltjes integrals, then she became interested in the history of mathematics. Her efforts led to Thomas Harriot's work being much more widely known and understood.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- She was known as Cecily and, to avoid confusion with other Youngs, we will call her Cecily throughout this biography.
- Her publications appear with the names R C Young, R Cecily Young or Rosalind Cecily Young until he marriage in 1953 after which she published under the name R C Tanner.
- Let us give a few details about Cecily Young's siblings.
- It is worth noting that the Preface to the book was written by William Young but nowhere in the book is Cecily Young's help acknowledged.
- Cecily published her first paper in 1925, namely Les fonctions monotones et l'intégration dans l'espace à n dimensions Ⓣ(Monotonic functions and integration in n-dimensional space) which was published in L'Enseignement Mathématique.
- He was working on writing his first book The theory of integration and Cecily assisted him, typing out the text.
- During the years 1928-32, Cecily published a number of papers related to the work of her thesis.
- During the time Cecily was writing these papers she held a fellowship at Girton College.
- Cecily attended several of the International Mathematical Congresses.
- Bernard Tanner, who was 72 years old, had been an electrical engineer and the chief maintenance engineer at Imperial College, London.
- Their marriage only lasted nine months since Bernard Tanner died on 12 June 1954 at The War Memorial Hospital Carshalton, Surrey.
- We mentioned that Cecily became interested in the history of mathematics but she had a particular passion to make the work of Thomas Harriot better known.
- It was the study of inequalities that made Cecily enthusiastic about making Thomas Harriot's contributions better known.
- We now give two quotes by Cecily.
Born 6 February 1900, Göttingen, Germany. Died 24 November 1992, Croydon, England.
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Origin Germany, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive