Eric Temple Bell, 1931-1932 MAA President
Born: February 7, 1883, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: December 21, 1960, Watsonville, California
Eric Temple Bell was a mathematics professor, mathematical historian, and writer.
Education and Career
Bell was an instructor and professor of mathematics at the University of Washington from 1912 to 1926 and a professor at the California Institute of Technology from 1926 to 1953.
Bell was honored with the 1924 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Bôcher Memorial Prize for a notable paper in analysis and gave an AMS Colloquium Lecture on algebraic arithmetic in 1927. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and served as vice president of the AMS and vice president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Bell wrote science fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including books on mathematics and its history, most notably his classic Men of Mathematics: The Lives and Achievements of the Great Mathematicians from Zeno to Poincaré.