# Mathematician:Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn

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## Mathematician

Scottish mathematician most famous for his work in abstract algebra.

## Nationality

Scottish

## History

- Born: 2 Feb 1882 in Forfar, Angus, Scotland
- 1898: Entered Edinburgh University
- 1903: Obtained an M.A. degree with First Class Honours in mathematics from the University of Edinburgh
- 1903-1904: Postgraduate studies at the University of Leipzig
- 1904 summer semester: at the University of Berlin
- 1904-05: at the University of Chicago, working with Oswald Veblen
- 1905-09: at the University of Edinburgh
- 1906-08: Editor of the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
- 1909: Appointed a Preceptor in Mathematics at Princeton
- 1912-28: Served as Editor of the Annals of Mathematics
- 1914-19: Served in the British Army
- 1919: Returned to Princeton
- 1920: Promoted to Assistant Professor
- 1921: Obtaining permanent tenure as Associate Professor
- 1921: Received the MacDougall-Brisbane Gold Medal and Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh
- 1933: Elected to Royal Society of London
- 1945: Early retirement
- Died: 9 Oct 1948 (approx.) in Princeton, New Jersey, USA

## Theorems and Definitions

- Artin-Wedderburn Theorem (with Emil Artin)
- Wedderburn's Little Theorem
- Wedderburn-Etherington Number (with Ivor Etherington)

Results named for **Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn** can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for **Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn** can be found here.

## Publications

- 1903:
*On the Isoclinal Lines of a Differential Equation of the First Order* - 1907:
*Non-Desarguesian and non-Pascalian geometries*(with Oswald Veblen) - 1907:
*On Hypercomplex Numbers*(for which he was awarded a D.Sc.) - 1923:
*The Functional Equation $g \left({x^2}\right) = 2 a x + \left[{g \left({x}\right)}\right]^2$*(*Ann. Math.***Vol. 24**: pp. 121 – 140) - 1934:
*Lectures on Matrices*