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Francis Sowerby Macaulay FRS (11 February 1862 – 9 February 1937) was an English mathematician who made significant contributions to algebraic geometry. He is most famous for his 1916 book, The Algebraic Theory of Modular Systems, which greatly influenced the later course of algebraic geometry. Both Cohen-Macaulay rings and the Macaulay resultant are named for Macaulay.

Macaulay was educated at Kingswood School and graduated with distinction from St John's College, Cambridge.[1] He taught top mathematics class in St Paul's School in London from 1885 to 1911. His students included J. E. Littlewood and G. N. Watson.

In 1928 Macaulay was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

See also

* Macaulay computer algebra system
* Macaulay2
* Elimination theory


References

1. ^ Macaulay, Francis Sowerby in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.


External links

* The Algebraic Theory of Modular Systems, The Cornell Library of Historical Mathematical Monographs
* O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Francis Sowerby Macaulay", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews, http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Macaulay.html .

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