Philip Hall

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Philip Hall
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Philip Hall
Born(1904-04-11)11 April 1904
London, England
Died30 December 1982(1982-12-30) (aged 78)
Cambridge, England
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forHall's marriage theorem
Hall polynomial
Hall subgroup
Hall–Littlewood polynomial
AwardsSenior Berwick Prize (1958)
Sylvester Medal (1961)
Larmor Prize (1965)
De Morgan Medal (1965)
Fellow of the Royal Society
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Academic advisorsKarl Pearson
Doctoral studentsPaul Cohn
James Green
Brian Hartley
Bernhard Neumann
Derek Taunt
Karl W. Gruenberg
Other notable studentsGarrett Birkhoff
Alfred Goldie
InfluencesKarl Pearson
William Burnside

Philip Hall FRS[1] (11 April 1904 – 30 December 1982), was an English mathematician. His major work was on group theory, notably on finite groups and solvable groups.[2][3]


He was educated first at Christ's Hospital, where he won the Thompson Gold Medal for mathematics, and later at King's College, Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951 and awarded its Sylvester Medal in 1961. He was President of the London Mathematical Society in 1955–1957, and awarded its Berwick Prize in 1958 and De Morgan Medal in 1965.[4][5]


  • Hall, P. (1934). "A Contribution to the Theory of Groups of Prime-Power Order". Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. s2-36: 29–07. doi:10.1112/plms/s2-36.1.29.
  • Hall, P.; Higman, G. (1956). "On the p-Length of p-Soluble Groups and Reduction Theorems for Burnside's Problem". Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. s3-6: 1–42. doi:10.1112/plms/s3-6.1.1.
  • Hall, Philip (1988), The collected works of Philip Hall, Oxford Science Publications, The Clarendon Press Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-853254-5, MR 0986732

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  1. ^ Green, J. A.; Roseblade, J. E.; Thompson, J. G. (1984). "Philip Hall. 11 April 1904–30 December 1982". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 30: 250–279. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1984.0009. JSTOR 769827.
  2. ^ Gruenberg, K. W.; Roseblade, J. E., eds. (1984), Group theory. Essays for Philip Hall., Boston, MA: Academic Press, ISBN 978-0-12-304880-6, MR 0780565
  3. ^ Green, J. A.; Roseblade, J. E.; Thompson, J. G. (1984). "Obituary: Philip Hall". Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society. 16 (6): 603. doi:10.1112/blms/16.6.603.
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Philip Hall", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews
  5. ^ Philip Hall at the Mathematics Genealogy Project