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]}
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 |
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