Mathematician:Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn

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Scottish mathematician most famous for his work in abstract algebra.




  • 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

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

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


  • 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