Authorised form of nameCoxeter; Harold Scott MacDonald (1907 - 2003)
Other forms of nameCoxeter, Donald
ForenamesHarold Scott MacDonald
Dates1907 - 2003
Dates and placesBirth:
Kensington, London, England (09 February 1907)
Toronto, Ontario (31 March 2003)
ActivityResearch field:
King Alfred School, Hampstead; St George's School, Harpenden; private maths tutor; Trinity College, Cambridge selected to attend Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics lectures (1926); PhD, University of Cambridge (1931)
Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge (1931-1936) including two years as Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and then J E Procter Fellow, Princeton University; Assistant Professor, Faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Toronto University (1936-1943), Associate Professor (1943-1948), Professor (1948-1980); editor, Canadian Journal of Mathematics (1948-1957); visiting professor at universities in Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia and the United States; addressed the conference in honour of Janos Bolyai on Hyperbolic Geometry in Budapest (July 2002); honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and Germany; CRM/Fields Institute Prize (1995); Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Mathematical Society (1997); Honorary Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge (2001)
Companion of the Order of Canada (CC) 1997; FRSCanada (1948); President, Canadian Mathematical Society (1962-1963); Vice-President American Mathematical Society (1968); president of the International Congress of Mathematics in Vancouver (1974); Foreign Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Sylvester Medal 1997
RelationshipsMarried (1936) Hendrina Brouwer (d 1999)
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2006 vol 52 pp 45-66, plate, by Siobhan Roberts and Asia Ivic Weiss
The Guardian (25 April 2003); The Independent (03 April 2003; 15 April 2003); The Times (14 April 2003)
Royal Society codeNA4835
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1950/08Coxeter, Harold Scott MacDonald: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/GA/SGRS/8387Coxeter, Harold Scott MacDonald1958
RR/39/54Referee's report by Godfrey Harold Hardy, on a paper 'The polytopes with regular-prismatic vertex figures' by Harold Scott Macdonald Coxeter[February 1930]
RR/39/55Referee's report by Herbert William Richmond, on a paper 'The polytopes with regular-prismatic vertex figures' by Harold Scott Macdonald Coxeter[January 1930]
RR/72/78Referee's report by John Henry Constantine Whitehead, on a paper 'World-structure and non-Euclidean honeycombs' by Harold Scott Macdonald Coxeter and G J Whitrow1949
IM/000979Coxeter, Harold Scott Macdonald1948
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