William Henry Young was a distinguished British mathematician. He was born in London in 1863 and attended the City of London School and Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1896 he married mathematician Grace Emily Chisholm, with whom he was to collaborate on much of his work. Together they would make important contributions to mathematics.
Young had a somewhat unconventional academic career and was unable to find a suitable post in Britain. After working at various foreign universities, including the University of Calcutta from 1913 to 1919, he settled with his family in Lausanne, Switzerland. Young, a man of great personal energy, was widely travelled and mastered several languages. He was a member of many learned societies and president of the London Mathematical Society and a member of the executive committee of the International Research Council.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Young was stranded in Switzerland - his wife had returned to England shortly before the fall of France - and he died there in 1942.
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