Authorised form of nameHayman; Walter Kurt (1926 - 2020)
Dates1926 - 2020
Place of birthCologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Europe
Date of birth06/01/1926
Date of death01/01/2020
Visited China in June 1976; report in Personal Information File
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/03/1956
Age at election30
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council: 1962-1963
General contextWalter Hayman is a mathematician who has produced a collection of valuable and wide-ranging work that spans almost all areas of complex analysis. The author of five influential textbooks, he is perhaps best known for his fundamental work on the theory of functions.

Over the course of his career, Walter has made many outstanding contributions to the study of functions of a complex variable, notably providing solutions to some of the most famous problems in the field. Foremost amongst these is the so-called asymptotic Bieberbach conjecture, for which he provided a definitive proof in 1955. He also co-founded, with Margaret Hayman, the British Mathematical Olympiad.

The author of over 200 scientific papers, Walter has won many of the most prestigious accolades in his field, including election to some of the world’s leading scientific societies. He has received honorary degrees from universities in four countries, and was the dedicatee of a special 2008 volume of the international mathematics journal, Computational Methods and Function Theory.

Professor Walter Hayman FRS died on 1 January 2020.
Royal Society codeNA4081
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1956/10Hayman, Walter Kurt: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PB/1/18/5Short notes and correspondence re Blackett's service at Imperial College1970-1974
IM/GA/WS/5044Hayman, Walter Kurtnd
IM/005456Hayman, Walter Kurtcirca 2003
PB/1/33/2Correspondence concerning the Copley Medal of the Royal Society1956
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