Monday 21 September 2020

E A Milne 1896-1950


Edward Arthur Milne 1896- 1950

Edward Arthur Milne was born in Hull, East Yorkshire on February 14th 1896, he was known for carrying out pioneering research into atomic physics.

E A Milne was educated at St Mary’s Church of England School, Salterhouse Lane, Hull before going to Hymer’s College in Hull. In 1914 he entered Trinity College Cambridge. Poor eyesight meant that he could not go into active service but in 1916 he joined the anti aircraft section of the Munitions Inventions Department.

In 1919 he returned to Cambridge and in 1928 he was Beyer professor of applied mathematics at the University of Manchester he delivered the Halley lecture in 1932 on White Dwarf Stars. In 1935 he was awarded the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. E A Milne became Rouse Ball professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford in 1928.

His research included atomic physics, meteorological physics, and solar and stellar physics in particular stellar atmospheres and the structure of the Sun and stars.

E A Milne died in Dublin on September 21st 1950 on his way to a colloquium in the rooms of the Royal Irish Academy

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