Robert Rankin

Biography of Robert Rankin

Robert Rankin
Robert Rankin

Robert Alexander Rankin (1915-2001) was Professor of Mathematics from 1954 to 1982. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science, 1967 to 1969; Clerk of the Senate from 1971 to 1978 and Dean of Faculties from 1986 until 1988.

The son of a distinguished Biblical scholar, Rankin studied at Clare College, Cambridge and graduated Wrangler in the Mathematics Tripos in 1936 and PhD in 1939, before becoming a Fellow. He worked on rocket research during the Second World War and returned to Cambridge as a lecturer, before going to Birmingham as Mason Professor of Pure Mathematics and then taking up his appointment to the Glasgow chair.

Rankin was engaged in research in several branches of pure Mathematics, and his most significant work was in the field of Number Theory. He was a member of several Mathematics societies as well as many councils and committees, and was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Laurel Bank School. He was awarded the Senior Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society in 1987.

An enthusiastic scholar of Gaelic language and music, Rankin was an external examiner at University College, Galway, where some Mathematics papers were taken in Irish Gaelic. He was elected Honorary President of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow in 1957.


Robert Rankin

Born 27 October 1915, Garlieston, Scotland.
Died 27 January 2001.
University Link: Clerk of Senate, Dean of Faculties, Faculty Dean, Professor
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Occupation categories: mathematicians
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Record last updated: 5th Jan 2012

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