George David Birkhoff

1884 - 1944

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George Birkhoff was an American mathematician who was educated at Chicago and Harvard. He became a Professor at Harvard. His most important work was the Ergodic Theorem he discovered in 1931. He spoke at the EMS Colloquium in St Andrews in 1926 and was elected an honorary member of the society.
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  1. Obituary: Edinburgh Mathematical Notes
  2. Obituary: Royal Society of Edinburgh

Honours awarded to George Birkhoff
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AMS Colloquium Lecturer1920
AMS Bôcher Prize1923
Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh Maths Society1926
American Maths Society President1925 - 1926
Speaker at International Congress1928
Speaker at International Congress1936
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1943
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