Edward Charles Titchmarsh

Edward Charles Titchmarsh ( born June 1, 1899 in Newbury (Berkshire ); † January 18, 1963 in Oxford ) was an English mathematician, specializing in analysis.


The son of a clergyman won at age 17 in 1916 in an open examination a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford University and began his - from wartime military service from 1918 to 1919 at the Royal Engineers interrupted - Studies in Oxford. His main teacher was Godfrey Harold Hardy, with whom he shared the passion for cricket. He graduated in 1922 with honors and was the following year Professor ( Senior lecturer ) at University College London. He also won a prize fellowship at Oxford and took from 1928 to 1929 the previous as a visiting professor to Princeton Hardy. After two years as a professor in Liverpool in 1932, he took over the Chair of Hardy in Oxford ( Savilian Professor of Geometry ), as this moved to Cambridge. In 1963 he became Professor Emeritus.

He worked almost exclusively in the classical analysis and wrote several very well known and widely used textbooks. Although this example for number theory ( Riemann's zeta function) and the physics ( self-function developments ) treat important subjects, he was interested only the analytical side. The title of his textbooks also reflect his main areas of work.

His doctoral include Mary Cartwright and John Bryce McLeod.

Titchmarsh was a member ( "Fellow" ) was added in 1931 to the Royal Society, in 1955, the Sylvester Medal awarded him. In 1954 he gave a plenary lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Amsterdam (own function problems Arising from differential equations ).

He was married in 1925 and had three daughters.


  • Introduction to the Theory of Fourier integral. Oxford 1937, 2nd edition 1967
  • The zeta -function of Riemann. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1930, 1951, 2nd edition 1986 ( edited by Heath- Brown)
  • The theory of functions. Oxford, Clarendon Press 1932 ( Complex Analysis )
  • Own function expansions associated to second order differential equations. Oxford in 1946, 1958, 1962