Frank Lauren Hitchcock
Frank Lauren Hitchcock (1875–1957)
|Born||March 6, 1875
New York, USA
|Died||May 31, 1957
Los Angeles, USA
|Fields||Physicist and mathematician|
|Institutions||Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Dakota State University
|Alma mater||Harvard University
Phillips Andover Academy
|Doctoral students||Gleason Kenrick
|Known for||Transportation problem|
Frank Lauren Hitchcock (1875–1957) was an American mathematician and physicist notable for vector analysis. He formulated the transportation problem in 1941. He was also an expert in mathematical chemistry and quaternions.
He first attended the Phillips Andover Academy. He received his AB from Harvard in 1896. Before his PhD he taught at Paris and at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 1910 he completed his PhD at Harvard with a thesis entitled, Vector Functions of a Point.
His mother was Susan Ida Porter (b. January 1, 1848, Middlebury, Vermont) and his father was Elisha Pike Hitchcock. His parents married on June 27, 1866. He had two sisters, Mary E. Hitchcock and Viola M. Hitchcock. He also had two brothers George P. Hitchcock and Ernest Van Ness Hitchcock. He was born in New York but raised in Pittsford, Vermont. He was descended from New England forebears.
He married Margaret Johnson Blakely (d. May 22, 1925) in Paris, France on May 25, 1899. They had three children, Lauren Blakely (b. March 18, 1900), John Edward (b. January 28, 1906, d. July 26, 1909), and George Blakely, January 12, 1910. At the time of his death he had 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandsons.
Books by Hitchcock
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock and Clark S. Robinson, Differential Equations in Applied Chemistry, 1923.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, The Axes of a Quadratic Vector, 1921.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, On Double Polyadics, with Application to the Linear Matrix Equation, 1923.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, A Classification of Quadratic Vectors, 1917.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, Identities Satisfied by Algebraic Point Functions in N-space, 1923.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, A Method for the Numerical Solution of Integral Equations, 1923.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, The Coincident Points of Two Algebraic Transformations, 1924.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, Vector Functions of a Point, 1910.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, An Identical Relation Connecting Seven Vectors, 1920.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock, A Solution of the Linear Matrix Equation by Double Multiplication, 1922.
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock and Norbert Wiener, A New Vector Method in Integral Equations, 1921.
- Dr. Frank L. Hitchcock, Mathematician, Professor Emeritus at M.I.T., Dies at 82, The New York Times, June 1, 1957, p. 17.
- On Hitchcock's transportation problem
- Frank Lauren Hitchcock at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Hitchcock's family tree