**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.
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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]}

Edwin Bidwell Wilson | |
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Born | April 25, 1879 |

Died | December 28, 1964 (aged 85) |

Nationality | American |

Alma mater |
Yale University Harvard College |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Massachusetts Institute of Technology |

Doctoral advisor | Josiah Willard Gibbs |

Doctoral students | Jane Worcester |

**^**"Obituary: Edwin B. Wilson".*Physics Today*.**18**(6): 88. June 1965. doi:10.1063/1.3047526.**^**How I Became an Economist by Paul A. Samuelson, 1970 Laureate in Economics, 5 September 2003**^**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**^**"*Products in Additive Fields*von E. B. Wilson aus New Haven".*Verhandlungen des dritten Internationalen Mathematiker-Kongress, Heidelberg, 1904*. Leipzig: Teubner. 1905.**^**List of ASA Fellows, retrieved 2016-07-16.**^**Edwin B. Wilson (1904) "The Foundations of Mathematics", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 11(2):74–93**^**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**^**E.B. Wilson (1912) Advanced Calculus on Internet Archive**^**E.B. Wilson (1920) Aeronautics: A Class Text, John Wiley & Sons, link from Internet Archive

- Jerome Hunsaker and Saunders MacLane (1973)
*Biographical Memoirs*v. 43, pp. 285–320, National Academy of Sciences of USA. - O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Edwin Bidwell Wilson",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews. - Edwin Bidwell Wilson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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