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Alexander Aitken

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Full Name Alexander Aitken
Profession Mathematician
Date of Birth April 1 , 1895
Place of Birth Dunedin
Birth Country New Zealand
Nationality By birth
Birth Sign Aries
Dead or Alive Died
Death Date 1967-11-03

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Alexander Aitken is one of the famous Mathematician, who was born on the memorable day of April 1 in the year 1895. Hailing from the vibrant city of Otago, Alexander Aitken is a proud citizen of New Zealand.

New Zealander mathematician whose work in algebra and statistics made him a 1936 Fellow of the Royal Society. He was also known for writing several war memoirs, which got him elected to the Royal Society of Literature.

Over the years, not only have skills been honed, but a significant impact has also been made in the professional field. Whether it's through work, public appearances, or contributions to the community, Alexander Aitken continues to be an inspiration for many.

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Details about Alexander Aitken
Popular As: Alexander Aitken
First Name: Alexander
Last Name: Aitken
Gender: Male
Birthday: April 1
Birth Year: 1895
Death Date: 1967-11-03
Death Day: November 03
Death Year: 1967
Place of Death: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Warriston Cemetery


He studied first at the University of Otago and later in the Ph.D. program at the University of Edinburgh.

His wonderful memory unfortunately resulted in periods of depression, as he was unable to forget the terrible things he had seen on the battlefields of World War I.


He grew up with six younger siblings in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was a contemporary of fellow mathematician and pioneering statistician, Harold Hotelling.

Alexander Aitken Timeline

He was of Scottish descent, his grandfather having emigrated from Lanarkshire in 1868.
He was educated at Otago Boys' High School in Dunedin (1908–13) where he was school dux and won the Thomas Baker Calculus Scholarship in his last year at school.
He saw active service during World War I enlisting in April 1915 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and serving in Gallipoli from November 1915, in Egypt, and at the Western Front.
He spent several months in hospital in Chelsea before being invalided out of the army and shipped home to New Zealand in March 1917.
Resuming his studies Aitken graduated with an MA degree from the University of Otago in 1920, then worked as a schoolmaster at Otago Boys' High School from 1920 to 1923. .
Aitken studied for a doctorate (PhD) at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, under Edmund Taylor Whittaker where his dissertation, "Smoothing of Data", was considered so impressive that he was awarded a DSc degree in 1925.