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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Imre Leader, June Barrow-Green, Timothy Gowers

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VI.73 Godfrey Harold Hardy

b. Cranleigh, England, 1877; d. Cambridge, 1947Number theory; analysis

G. H. Hardy was the most influential mathematician in Britain in the twentieth century. With the exception of the years from 1919 to 1931, when he was the Savilian professor of geometry in Oxford, he spent his adult life in Cambridge, where from 1931 until his retirement in 1942 he was the Sadleirian professor of pure mathematics. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1910 and was awarded a Royal Medal in 1920 and the Sylvester Medal in 1940. He died on the day the Royal Society’s highest honor, the Copley Medal, was to be presented to him.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the standard of mathematical analysis was rather low in Britain; ...

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