Max Newman

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Maxwell Herman Alexander Newman was a British mathematician. He was born on February 7 1897 in Chelsea, London, England and died on February 22 1984 in Comberton (near Cambridge), Cambridgeshire, England

He was heavily involved in the design of the Colossus computer, used to crack the Lorenz code in World War II.

Newman wrote Elements of the topology of plane sets of points, a definitive work on general topology. He also made major contributions to combinatory topology.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society, Elected 1939
  • Royal Society Sylvester Medal, Awarded 1958
  • London Maths Society, President 1949 - 1951
  • LMS De Morgan Medal, Awarded 1962