Frank P. Ramsey, Cambridge mathematician

Frank Plumpton Ramsey(1903-1930), son of the president of of Magdalene College, Cambridge, was educated in Winchester and Trinity College. After graduating in 1923, he was elected a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, where he spent the remainder of his life. Ramsey made important contributions to mathematical logic. What we now call Ramsey theory began with his clever combinatorial arguments, published in the paper “On a Problem of Formal Logic.” Ramsey also made contributions to the mathematical theory of economics. He was noted as an excellent lecturer on the foundations of mathematics. His death at the age of 26 deprived the mathematical community and Cambridge University of a brilliant young scholar.

PS: The reader interested in Ramsey numbers should consult references like the following:

J. G. Michaels and K. H. Rosen, Applications of Discrete Mathematics, McGraw Hill.


Nalin Pithwa

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