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Raised in Belfast, I studied mathematics at Cambridge under the renowned duo of J.E. Littlewood and G.H. Hardy.

When Great Britain entered the war in 1939, I joined the British Admiralty to help develop methods for demagnetizing ships to keep them from being blown up by enemy torpedoes.

Some call me the "savior of Oberwolfach," because of my humanitariam and mathematical missons into Germany at the war's end.

With my wife Olga, a Czech-born number theorist, we moved to the United States to help establish the National Applied Mathematical Laboratories at UCLA....then we both moved to Cal Tech to teach and do research for forty years.

My speciality was numerical analysis, where I was a pioneer in the development of high-speed computer programming and analysis.

Answer: John Todd (1911 - 2007)