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Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter

Canadian mathematician

1907   -   2003

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, Canada
language of expression: English
educated at: Trinity College
occupation: mathematician, university teacher
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society, Companion of the Order of Canada, Henry Marshall Tory Medal, CRM-Fields-PIMS prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Harold Scott MacDonald "Donald" Coxeter, (February 9, 1907 – March 31, 2003) was a British-born Canadian geometer. Coxeter is regarded as one of the greatest geometers of the 20th century. He was born in London, received his BA (1929) and PhD (1931) from Cambridge, but lived in Canada from age 29. He was always called Donald, from his third name MacDonald. He was most noted for his work on regular polytopes and higher-dimensional geometries. He was a champion of the classical approach to geometry, in a period when the tendency was to approach geometry more and more via algebra.
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