Frank Lauren Hitchcock

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Frank Lauren Hitchcock
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Frank Lauren Hitchcock (1875–1957)
Born March 6, 1875
New York, USA
Died May 31, 1957
Los Angeles, USA
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Physicist and mathematician
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Dakota State University
Alma mater Harvard University
Phillips Andover Academy
Doctoral students Gleason Kenrick
Claude Shannon
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.


In 1904–1906 he was a professor of chemistry at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and then he moved to become a professor of mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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.
  • Frank L. Hitchcock (1941) "The distribution of a product from several sources to numerous localities", MIT Journal of Mathematics and Physics 20:224–30 MR 0004469.

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