Donald (H. S. M.) Coxeter

Pure and Applied Mathematics

Greatest classical geometer of the 20th century

"I’m a Platonist — a follower of Plato — who believes that one didn’t invent these sorts of things, that one discovers them. In a sense, all these mathematical facts are right there waiting to be discovered."

Birthdate
February 2, 1907

Birthplace
London, England

Date of Death
March 31, 2003

Place of Death
Toronto, ON, Canada

Residence
Toronto, Ontario

Family Members
  • Father: Harold S. Coxeter
  • Mother: Lucy Gee
  • Spouse: Hendrina Johanna “Rien” Brouwer
  • Children: Edgar, Susan
  • Grandchildren: Six
  • Great-grandchildren: Six

Personality
obstinate, optimistic


Favorite Music
Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, Third Movement, Te Deum

Other Interests
Art of Escher, music of Bruckner, novels of Ethel Voynich, plays of Bernard Shaw

Title
Professor Emeritus

Office
Mathematics Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Status
Deceased

Degrees
  • B.A. Cambridge, England, 1929
  • PhD Cambridge, England, 1931

Awards
  • H. M. Tory Medal, 1950
  • Royal Society of Canada
  • Fields Institute/CRM Prize, 1995
  • Order of Canada (Companion)
  • Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society of London

Mentor

Professor H. F. Baker at Cambridge, England


Last Updated
December 20, 2008

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