Alfred J. Lotka

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Alfred James Lotka (March 2, 1880 - December 5, 1949) was a US mathematician and statistician, most famous for his work in population dynamics.

Born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (now L'viv, Ukraine) Lotka's parents were US nationals and he was educated internationally, including a degree at the University of Birmingham, England. In 1935, he married Romola Beattie. They had no children. His varied working life included:

While at Johns Hopkins, Lotka completed his book Elements of Physical Biology (1924) in which he extended the work of Pierre François Verhulst and Vito Volterra. His name is most famously associated with the Lotka-Volterra equation of population dynamics.

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