This is an annex to the Index of Mathematicians. The following entries in that index are elusive on the web as people however ubiquitous
and important their mathematical work. If you know of a link that I could use in
my Index of Mathematicians I would be greatful
to hear of it. Better still, contribute an article to Wikipedia,
so that everyone may benefit.
He was a student of James Alexander according to the latter's genealogy, being award his PhD in 1927. He was elected to AMS membership in February 1922.
He 'belongs' to Sebrell, Southampton county, Virginia, according to this 1925 Princeton yearbook entry. His dates may be 1894–1959 see here, entry 823 and here. Internet searches for his details are hampered by his name being shared with
a character in Twin Peaks.
Was awarded a PhD in 1953 at University of Minnesota for a dissertation entitled "Certain probability limit theorems and transformations of stochastic processes." There is a record at p. 220 here (7MB pdf) of his being promoted in 1951 from Teaching Assistant to Research Assistant, with a salary rise from $810 to $1215.
Known for his 1950 publication "Su una presumibile proprietà caratteristica dei numeri primi",Ist. Lombardo Sci. Lett. Cl. Sci. Mat. Nat. Rend. (3) 14 (1950), 511–528. More on the journal may be found here.
Graduated from Tinity College Cambridge, 3rd Wrangler, 1883, 1st Division in Part III., 1884. Then Smith's prizewinner (one A.N. Whitehead was a runner-up!) (Nature 33, 93-93, 26 November 1885), at which time he was a mathematics
instructor at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, then returning to Cambridge as a coach in 1899 ("Geometry at Cambridge, 1863–1940",
June Barrow-Green, Jeremy Gray, Historia Mathematica, vol. 33, (3), 315-356). Published his work on systems of circles in 1886 (Proc. Royal Soc.). Contributed to a book on mathematics of map making by Gerald Maxwell which was (unfavourably) reviewed in The Geographical Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2 (Aug., 1916), pp. 168-170. June Barrow-Green has alerted me to a fairly complete record in the Alumni Cantabrigiensis. There is also a short tribute to him at findagrave.com.
Emeritus at University of California Santa Barbara who offer, however, no information upon him. A biographical article by Marvin Marcus appeared in Linear and Multilinear Algebra in 2003. An obituary is here and an autobiographical article.
The year of his death is confirmed here. And birth and death here. There is a probability puzzle known as Penney's Paradox or Penney's Game which was published by a Walter Penney in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics in 1969. This is attributed to W.F. Penney's son Walter Herman in this French Wiki article but it is not clear on what grounds. It seems equally likely, on the evidence given, that it was W.F. as opposed to W.H. who graduated from high school in 1969.
Presumably not the educationalist who was working at the same time. There was a chemist of this name also active and it is plausible that a chemist might have published on tilings. The original article by Robin is available online but gives no affilliation.
His entry at math genealogy. Taught at University of Alaska Anchorage, where a scholarhip bears his name. He retired in 2010 (Matters Mathematical report by Hans Nordstrom, Seattle Meeting, April 9-10, 2010, online as rtf file).