# Record

Authorised form of name | Whittaker; Sir; Edmund Taylor (1873 - 1956); Mathematician |

Surname | Whittaker |

Forenames | Edmund Taylor |

Dates | 1873 - 1956 |

Nationality | British |

Dates and places | Birth: Birkdale, Lancashire, England (24 October 1873) Death: Edinburgh (24 March 1956) |

Activity | Education: MA Honours: Kt 1945 |

Royal Society activity | Membership: Fellow Election Date: 11/05/1905 Medals/Prizes: Sylvester Medal 1931; Copley Medal 1954 Council: VP 1934-1935 |

Sources | Sources: Bulloch's Roll; DSB Obituaries: Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1956 vol 2 pp 299-325, plate, by G Temple References: R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84 |

Virtual International Authority File | http://viaf.org/viaf/17285013 |

Royal Society code | NA2270 |

Archives associated with this Fellow

Reference number | Title | Date |

EC/1905/15 | Whittaker, Sir Edmund Taylor: certificate of election to the Royal Society | |

MM/22/45 | Letter from Augustus Edward Hough Love, 34 St Margaret's Road, Oxford, to [Edmund Taylor] Whittaker | 31 October 1903 |

MM/22/44 | Letter from Joseph Larmor, St John's College, Cambridge, to [Edmund Taylor] Whittaker | 18 October 1902 |

MM/22/43 | Letter from Augustus Edward Hough Love, Oxford, to [Edmund Taylor] Whittaker | 15 October 1902 |

NLB/17/56 | Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to Edmund Taylor Whittaker, [Fellow of the Royal Society] | 8 July 1898 |

NLB/16/707 | Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to E T Whittaker, Trinity College, Cambridge | 23 May 1898 |

NLB/37/757 | Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Professor J Larmor, Secretary of the Royal Society | 9 May 1908 |

NLB/37/843 | Copy Letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Professor E [Edmund] T [Taylor] Whittaker, Fellow of the Royal Society, Dunsink Observatory, Co. Dublin | 22 May 1908 |

NLB/45/696 | Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Professor E [Edmund] T [Taylor] Whittaker FRS | 25 April 1912 |

NLB/51/703 | Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society to Professor Professor Edmund Taylor Whittaker FRS | 28 May 1915 |

RR/17/412 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'A critical study of spectral series.— Part I. The alkalies H and He' by William Mitchinson Hicks | [December 1909] |

RR/17/397 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the nature of the diffraction figures due to the heliometer' by Philip Francis Everitt | October 1909 |

RR/18/164 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Pendulum clocks and their errors' by Henry Reginald Arnulph Mallock | 21 June 1911 |

RR/19/67 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'A critical study of spectral series.–Part II. The p and s sequences and the atomic volume term' by William Mitchinson Hicks | [February 1912] |

RR/20/64 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'A critical study of spectral series - Part III - The atomic weight term and its import in the constitution of spectra' by William Mitchinson Hicks | June 1913 |

RR/19/113 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'A new treatment of optical aberrations' by Ralph Allen Sampson | [May 1912] |

RR/22/11 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On certain linear differential equations of astronomical interest' by Henry Frederick Baker | June 1915 |

RR/19/115 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On a cassegrain reflector with corrected field' by Ralph Allen Sampson | [January 1913] |

RR/21/155 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Approximately permanent electronic orbits and the origin of spectral series' by George Walker Walker | [November 1914] |

RR/25/20 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'A critical study of spectral series.—Part V. The spectra of the monatomic gases' by William Mitchinson Hicks | [August 1918] |

RR/25/4 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On an expansion of the point- potential' by Arthur William Conway | [March 1918] |

RR/27/119 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Oblate spheroidal harmonics and their applications' by John William Nicholson | December 1922 |

RR/29/26 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whitaker, on a paper 'On a class of transcendents of which the bessel functions are a particular case' by Percy Alexander MacMahon | June 1923 |

RR/31/88 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the electric capacity of certain solids of revolution' by D M Winch | 10 February 1925 |

NLB/58/495 | Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Frederick John Marrian] Stratton Esquire, FRS | 13 May 1920 |

RR/34/132 | Referee's report by George Barker Jeffery, on a paper 'On Hilbert's world-function' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | [November 1926] |

RR/38/24 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the numerical solution of equations with complex roots' by Robert Alexander Frazer and William Jolly Duncan | May 1929 |

RR/38/25 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the criteria for the stability of small motions' by Robert Alexander Frazer and William Jolly Duncan | May 1929 |

RR/14/104 | Referee's report by Andrew Russell Forsyth, on a paper 'On the connexion of algebraic functions with automorphic functions' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | 2 May 1898 |

RR/41/15 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Mathematical properties of a continuum' by W Band | April 1930 |

RR/37/148 | Referee's report by Arthur Stanley Eddington, on a paper 'On the potential of electromagnetic phenomena in a gravitational field' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | May 1928 |

RR/14/105 | Letter from William Burnside, to Mr Harrison, regarding a paper 'On the connexion of algebraic functions with automorphic functions' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | 9 May 1898 |

RR/32/134 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Laplace's equation and surfaces of revolution' by D M Wrich and John William Nicholson | 10 February 1925 |

RR/14/106 | Referee's report by William Burnside, on a paper 'On the connexion of algebraic functions with automorphic functions' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | 9 May 1898 |

RR/32/116 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The electrostatic capabilities of two spheres and of two parallel cylinders' by A Russell | 24 March 1925 |

RR/44/58 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the moment distributions of moments in the case of samples drawn from a limited universe' by L Isserlis | May 1931 |

RR/44/129 | Referee's report by Arthur Stanley Eddington, on a paper 'On the definition of distance in curved space, and the displacement of the spectral lines of distant sources' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | July 1931 |

RR/47/51 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The concepts of inverse probability and fiducial probability referring to unknown parameters' by Ronald Aylmer Fisher | November 1932 |

NLB/70/685 | Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Edmund Taylor] Whittaker, FRS | 1 July 1927 |

RR/46/105 | Second referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On Eddington's problem of the expansion of the universe by condensation' by N R Sen | [January 1933] |

RR/46/104 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On Eddington's problem of the expansion of the universe by condensation' by N R Sen | 1 July 1932 |

RR/48/93 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Two new properties of mathematical likelihood' by Ronald Aylmer Fisher | [January 1934] |

RR/49/3 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the interaction between several species of hosts and parasites' by V A Bailey | [June 1933] |

RR/51/131 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the independence of sums of squares in the analysis of variance' by S S Wilks | 24 April 1934 |

RR/52/147 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The application of substitutional analysis to invariants' by Alfred Young | September 1934 |

RR/63/107 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On bipartitional functions' by P V Sukhatme | April 1937 |

RR/54/80 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The theory of Saturn's rings' by C G Pendse | September 1934 |

RR/55/19 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Statistical information and properties of sufficiency' by Maurice Stevenson Bartlett | October 1935 |

RR/54/81 | Second referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The theory of Saturn's rings' by C G Pendse | October 1934 |

RR/57/49 | Referee's report by Arthur Stanley Eddington, on a paper 'On Gauss' theorem and the concept of mass in general relativity' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | [January 1935] |

RR/59/52 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Relativistic wave equations' by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac | [April 1936] |

RR/62/90 | Referee's report by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, on a paper 'On the relations of the tensor-calculus to the spinor-calculus' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | [October 1936] |

RR/62/87 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On a system of functional dynamics and optics' by W H Watson | [July 1936] |

RR/69/234 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the conservation of momentum' by Edward Arthur Milne | 1945 |

RR/72/262 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Some theorums on pertubation theory' by E C Titchmarsh | 1949 |

RR/68/91 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the significance tests for the introduction of new functions to represent measures' by Harold Jeffreys | [1941] |

NLB/64/723 | Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Edmund Taylor] Whittaker. FRS | 9 June 1923 |

RR/69/110 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Some applications of the Riesz potential to the theory of the electromagnetic field and the meson field' by N E Fremberg | 1946 |

RR/68/389 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On invariant theory under restricted groups' by D E Littlewood | 29 December 1943 |

RR/69/181 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'An invariant form for the prior probability in estimation problems' by Harold Jeffreys | 1945 |

RR/68/387 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Invariant theory, tensors and group characters' by D E Littlewood | [1943] |

RR/72/81 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The velocity of sound in general relativity, with a discussion of the problem of the fluid sphere with constant velocity of sound' by A R Curtis | 1949 |

RR/71/34 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Unified field theory in a curvature-free five-dimensional manifold' by J G Bennett, R L Brown and M W Thring | [1948] |

RR/70/233 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The method of the hypercircle in function-space for boundary-value problems' by John Lighton Synge | 1947 |

RR/72/218 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Unified field theory in six dimensions' by J Podolanski | 1949 |

RR/72/200 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The relativity of Galilean frames' by Edward Arthur Milne | 1949 |

NLB/66/411 | Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Sydney] Chapman, FRS | 3 May 1924 |

RR/48/54 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Probability, statistics, and the theory of errors' by Harold Jeffreys | [March 1933] |

RR/56/84 | Second referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Linear transformations of sequences' by Richard Rado | 4 December 1935 |

RR/31/31 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The electrification of two parallel circular discs' by John William Nicholson | [May 1924] |

NLB/64/751 | Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Horace] Lamb [Chairman of the Mathematics Committee] FRS | 14 June 1923 |

MM/10/12 | "On the consequences of postulating a minimum observable length in physical theory", by Sir Edmund Whittaker | 1948 |

RR/24/91 | Referee's report by Thomas John I'Anson Bromwich and Godfrey Harold Hardy, on a paper 'On the numerical solution of integral-equations' by Edmund Taylor Whittaker | 28 February 1918 |

RR/35/37 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On periodic solutions of Hamiltonian systems differential equations' by Thomas MacFarland Cherry | July 1927 |

RR/39/37 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On periodic orbits for atoms of the helium type' by D Buchanan | [October 1929] |

RR/23/41 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker on a paper 'A critical study of spectral series - Part IV -The structure of spark spectra' by William Mitchinson Hicks | June 1916 |

RR/45/116 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the theory of errors and least squares' by Harold Jeffreys | [August 1932] |

RR/24/74 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'The electrostatic problem of a conducting sphere in a spherical cavity' by Alexander Russell | [1917] |

RR/48/94 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Probability likelihood and quantity of information in the logic of uncertain inference' by Ronald Aylmer Fisher | [January 1934] |

RR/49/12 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Probability and chance in the theory of statistics' by Maurice Stevenson Bartlett | [May 1933] |

RR/31/83 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Problems in two-dimensional electrostatics' by D M Winch | [June 1924] |

NLB/66/626 | Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to the General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh | 5 June 1924 |

RR/34/68 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'An analysis of the electromagnetic field into moving elements' by Samuel Roslington Milner | [November 1926] |

RR/56/55 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Sufficient statistics and uniformly most powerful tests of statistical hypotheses' by J Neyman and Egon Sharpe Pearson | [December 1935] |

RR/56/83 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Linear transformations of sequences' by Richard Rado | 29 August 1935 |

RR/61/90 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Quaternion treatment of the relativistic wave equation' by Arthur William Conway | June 1937 |

RR/64/67 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'On the relation between direct and inverse methods in statistics' by Harold Jeffreys | [March 1937] |

NLB/66/517 | Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. [Sydney] Chapman, FRS | 22 May 1924 |

NLB/66/658 | Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Sydney] Chapman | 13 June 1924 |

RR/33/27 | Referee's report by Edmund Taylor Whittaker, on a paper 'Periodic orbits of the second genus near the straight-line equilibrium points in the problem of three bodies' by Daniel Buchanan | October 1926 |

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