Edwin Bidwell Wilson

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Edwin Bidwell Wilson
Born(1879-04-25)April 25, 1879
DiedDecember 28, 1964(1964-12-28) (aged 85)
Alma materYale University
Harvard College
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorJosiah Willard Gibbs
Doctoral studentsJane Worcester

Edwin Bidwell Wilson (April 25, 1879 – December 28, 1964) was an American mathematician and polymath.[1] He was the sole protégé of Yale's physicist Josiah Willard Gibbs and was mentor to MIT economist Paul Samuelson.[2] He received his AB from Harvard College in 1899 and his PhD from Yale University in 1901, working under Gibbs.

E.B. Wilson compiled the textbook Vector Analysis, based on Gibbs' lectures, as Gibbs was at the time busy preparing his book on thermodynamics. [3]

Wilson was an Invited Speaker at the ICM in 1904 in Heidelberg[4] and in 1924 in Toronto. In 1924 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[5]

In 1904 Wilson reviewed Bertrand Russell's text on foundations of mathematics called The Principles of Mathematics.[6]

Wilson wrote "The Space-Time Manifold of Relativity"[7] with Gilbert N. Lewis in 1912.

Wilson went on to write two more textbooks: Advanced Calculus (1912)[8] and Aeronautics: A Class Text (1920).[9]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Edwin B. Wilson". Physics Today. 18 (6): 88. June 1965. doi:10.1063/1.3047526.
  2. ^ How I Became an Economist by Paul A. Samuelson, 1970 Laureate in Economics, 5 September 2003
  3. ^ E.B. Wilson (1902) Vector Analysis: A Text-book for the Use of Students of Mathematics and Physics, based upon the lectures of Willard Gibbs
  4. ^ "Products in Additive Fields von E. B. Wilson aus New Haven". Verhandlungen des dritten Internationalen Mathematiker-Kongress, Heidelberg, 1904. Leipzig: Teubner. 1905.
  5. ^ List of ASA Fellows, retrieved 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ Edwin B. Wilson (1904) "The Foundations of Mathematics", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 11(2):74–93
  7. ^ Edwin B. Wilson & Gilbert N. Lewis (1912) "The Space-time Manifold of Relativity. The Non-Euclidean Geometry of Mechanics and Electromagnetics" Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 48:387–507
  8. ^ E.B. Wilson (1912) Advanced Calculus on Internet Archive
  9. ^ E.B. Wilson (1920) Aeronautics: A Class Text, John Wiley & Sons, link from Internet Archive