Edward Arthur Milne Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Edward Arthur Milne

Birthday :

February 14, 1896

Died On :

September 21, 1950

Birth Place :

Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England

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Edward Arthur Milne opted to concentrate on the branch of astronomy that works on principles of chemistry and physics. In other words, he came to prominence as an English mathematician and astrophysicist. His broad array of research made him discover a tool that calculates nucleic energy. The whole process is named as a kinematic theory.

Although his discovery was coupled with controversies, it had a significant impact in the field of science. His medium height statue didn’t give him a chance to accept many critics. Instead, he carried an excellent talent that acted as a source of ingenuity to others. His early works include the study of the Sun and Earth. Besides, he had a knack for mathematics since inception. His brilliance gave him a chance to work for the armed forces as well as the WWII.As a mathematician; he invented an integral equation called Milne’s integral equation. This paved the way for more works and publications. Read on.

Childhood And Early Life

On 14th, February 1896 a couple called Sidney Arthur Milne and Edith Cockcroft were blessed with their eldest son in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England. He was none other than Edward Arthur Milne whose father served as a school headmaster, and his mother was a teacher. At his tender age, Edward loved to spend time with his two younger siblings. He first joined Hymers College in England where he received a scholarship to join the Trinity College. Known as a brilliant student, Milne secured top honors. The World War I halted his education at Cambridge It was there that he opted to join the Anti-Aircraft Section Department in 1916.


In the mid of 1917, Edward Arthur Milne got a seat as a Lieutenant where he worked under Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was then appointed as an assistant director at the Trinity College. He remained in the position for six years. It was there that he started to work on the convention and radiation zone.

While offering his service at the Trinity College, Edward Arthur Milne was appointed the lecturer under the department of mathematics. He remained on the faculty for one year. Afterward, he joined the Trinity College as the Astrophysics professor.

In the mid of 1923, Edward Arthur Milne partnered with R.H. Fowler where they worked on a study of stellar spectra. For three years, Milne served as the professor of mathematics at Victoria University of Manchester. Early in 1929, he was appointed as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. It was a position that he held for the rest of his working life.

The following years Edward Arthur Milne started to work on the science of the universe and its correlative effects. In the course of the WWII, he began to work on the study of firearms and projectiles. For one year he was appointed as the leading foreman of the Royal Society. From 1930 to 1948 Edward wrote and published incredible works including The White Dwarf Stars, Thermodynamics of the Stars, and Kinematic Relativity among others.

Awards And Achievements

Various institutions recognized Edward Milne's work, and in the process, he earned vast honors. Some of the notable ones include being given the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Smith Prize, Royal Astronomical Society Medal and Royal Medal from the Royal Society.

Personal Life And Legacy

It was in 1928 that Edward Arthur Milne tied a nuptial knot with Margaret Campbell. The couple had two daughters and one son. Sad to say, Margaret, breathed her last while giving birth to his dearest son. Afterward, Milne married Beatrice Brevoort Renwick with whom he had a daughter. It was on 21st; September 1950 that Edward Arthur Milne breathed his last due to a heart attack in Ireland.

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