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Biographical entry Pitman, Edwin James George (1897 - 1993)


29 October 1897
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
21 July 1993
Kingston, Tasmania, Australia


Edwin Pitman was Professor of Mathematics, University of Tasmania 1926-1962. He was educated at South Melbourne College and Ormond College, University of Melbourne and went on to be Acting Professor of Mathematics at Canterbury College, University of New Zealand 1922-1923. He returned to Australia to tutor in mathematics and physics at Trinity and Ormond Colleges, University of Melbourne 1924-1925 before accepting the position in Tasmania. His research contributed significantly to the statistical theory of estimation and the theory of non-parametric tests of significance.



- 1921
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA), The University of Melbourne, Australia
- 1922
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc), The University of Melbourne, Australia
- 1923
Education - Masters of Arts (MA), The University of Melbourne, Australia
1918 - 1919
Career position - Fourteenth Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
1922 - 1923
Career position - Acting Professor of Mathematics, Canterbury College, University of New Zealand, University of New Zealand
1924 - 1925
Career position - Part-Time Lecturer in Physics, The University of Melbourne, Australia
1924 - 1925
Career position - Tutor in Mathematics and Physics, Trinity College and Ormond College, The University of Melbourne, Australia
1926 - 1962
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, The University of Tasmania, Australia
c. 1939 - c. 1945
Career position - Honorary Education Officer, No. 6 Recruiting Centre RAAF and Wing Training Officer No. 6 Wing Air Training Corps during World War II
1954 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, Australia
1959 - 1960
Career event - President, Australian Mathematical Society, Australia
Award - Pitman Medal (named in his honor), Statistical Society of Australia, Australia
1987 -
Award - Mathematics Library, University of Tasmania, named the Pitman Collection to mark his 90th birthday.

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Archival resources

University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection

  • Edwin James George Pitman - Records, 1922 - 1993, UT543; University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Lancaster, H. O., 'Statistical Society of New South Wales', Australian Journal of Statistics, 30 (B) (1988), 99-109. Details
  • Pitman, E. J. G., 'Charles Ernest Weatherburn, Professor of Mathematics', Mathematical Scientist, 6 (11) (1981), 1-12. Details
  • Williams, E. J., 'Edwin James George Pitman 1897-1993', Historical Records of Australian Science, 10 (2) (1994), 163-185. Details


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