# Edmund Taylor Whittaker, 1873-1956

@article{Temple1956EdmundTW, title={Edmund Taylor Whittaker, 1873-1956}, author={George Frederick James Temple}, journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society}, year={1956}, pages={299 - 325} }

Edmund Taylor Whittaker was born on 24 October 1873, the eldest child of John Whittaker and his wife Selina, daughter of Edmund Taylor, M.D. The family belonged to the district where the river Ribble forms the boundary between Lancashire and Yorkshire: his father, John Whittaker (1820-1910) was the youngest son of the first marriage of Henry Whittaker (1780-1853) of Grindleton near Clitheroe, who was the sixth of the eight sons of Richard Whittaker of Rodhill Gate near Grindleton. Several of…

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