Aitken was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and studied physics at Wadham College, Oxford. He was a fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. Aitken organised annual meetings which became the Symposium on Archaeometry and Archaeological Prospection". He retired in 1989 and died in June 2017 at the age of 95.
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- "Jubilee Aitken - an eightieth birthday celebration" (PDF).
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- "Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art". ox.ac.uk.
- Hall, E. T.; Aitken, M. J.; Sayre, E. V. (1990). "ON THE RETIREMENT OF TEDDY HALL AND MARTIN AITKEN". Archaeometry. 32: 3–6. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.1990.tb01076.x.
- Avis de décès (in French)