Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00219 2B Annex - Edmund Taylor Whittaker Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00219 2B Annex


Edmund Taylor Whittaker Papers


  • 1918-1956 (Creation)

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11 boxes

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Biographical history

Edmund Taylor Whittaker, born in 1873 in Southport, England, was a mathematician, astronomer and philospher. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and was appointed professor of astronomy at the University of Dublin in 1906. In 1912, he was made professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, holding this post for thirty-five years before retiring in 1946. After 1930, when he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, his interests turned to natural theology. He died in 1956.

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Donated by Professor J.M. Whittaker via Jeffrey Crelinsten, 1982.

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The collection consists mainly of correspondence between E.T. Whittaker and his son, J.M. Whittaker, as well as the elder Whittaker's scientific writings, reviews and articles. It also includes some autobiographical material.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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