nLab J.H.C. Whitehead

John Henry Constantine Whitehead (11 November 1904–8 May 1960), was one of the founders of modern algebraic topology. Also one of the founders of the influential journal Topology.

Not to be confused with George Whitehead, who also worked in algebraic topology.


His contributions to mathematics include the following:

Selected writings

On the triangulation theorem for smooth manifolds:

On the Hopf invariant:

Introducing crossed modules (and crossed homomorphisms) as models for homotopy types:

On homotopy theory:

  • J. H. C. Whitehead, Algebraic Homotopy Theory, in Proc. Int. Cong. of Mathematics, Harvard, volume 2, 354 – 357. 51 (1950)

On simple homotopy type:

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