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Henry Jack was born near Dundee in 1917 and went to the High School in Dundee. He entered Edinburgh University as a student in 1936 and graduated with a First Class Honours MA in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in 1940. He gained an award at Christ's College, Cambridge in December 1940, but shortly afterwards was called up for meteorological work in the Royal Air Force. He returned to Cambridge in 1946, gained the Mathematical Tripos in 1949, and continued his studies there for a further year. In 1950 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Mathematics at University College Dundee, to a Senior Lectureship in 1964 and to a Readership at the University of Dundee in 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1970 and died in January 1978.