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Alexander Craig Aitken (750 words)
Alexander Craig Aitken was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on 1 April, 1895.
Alexander Aitken is remembered as a warm and gentle man, and a brilliant lecturer.
Aitken was undoubtedly one of the greatest mathematicians to be born and educated in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Edge : Heroes : Mathematicians : Alexander Aitken : www.nzedge.com (2919 words)
Alexander Aitken was the greatest mathematician of his era and possessed an astonishing computational brain that could complete challenges that today are reserved for the most complex computers.
Aitken is without a doubt a hero on the edge, but his advantage was not just metaphorical – at Edinburgh he was mentor to a number of renowned mathematicians including one of the Twentieth Century's leading geometers, one William Leonard Edge.
Aitken wrote several books: "The Theory of Canonical Matrices" (1932) was written jointly with H.W. Turnbull, (the University of St. Andrew’s mathematician who made an extensive and noted contribution to the study of algebraic invariants and quadrants).
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