Edward Copson

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Edward Thomas Copson
Born 21 August 1901
Died 16 February 1980
St Andrews, Scotland
Nationality British
Fields mathematics
Known for The Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable

Edward Thomas Copson FRSE (21 August 1901 – 16 February 1980) was a British mathematician who contributed widely to the development of mathematics at the University of St. Andrews, serving as Regius Professor of Mathematics amongst other positions.


He was born in Coventry, and was a pupil at King Henry VIII School, Coventry. He studied at St. John's College, Oxford. He was appointed by E. T. Whittaker to the position of lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he was later awarded a D.Sc.[1]

He married Beatrice, the elder daughter of E. T. Whittaker,[2] and moved to a position at the University of St. Andrews, where he served as Regius Professor of Mathematics, and later Dean of Science, then Master of the United College. He was instrumental in the construction of the new Mathematics Institute building at the University.[citation needed]

He was awarded the Keith Medal by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1942 for his research in Mathematics.[3]


Copson’s primary focus was in classical analysis, asymptotic expansions, differential and integral equations, and applications to problems in theoretical physics. His first book "The theory of functions of a complex variable" was published in 1935.[4]


  • Copson, E. T., Asymptotic Expansions
  • Copson, E. T., Metric Spaces
  • Copson, E. T., Partial Differential Equations
  • Copson, E. T., The Theory of Functions of A Complex Variable