Born in Budapest and Jewish, I moved (i.e. escaped) with my family to the United States in the early days of WWII.
My undergraduate career at Princeton was interrupted by a military request, as I was assigned to work as part of the Manhatten Project at Los Alamos Laboratory.
While a doctoral student, I was appointed to serve as Albert Einstein's mathematical assistant.
After the war, I completed my doctorate and eventually moved in 1953 to Dartmouth to teach mathematics and philosophy.
In addition to teaching, I served as department chair and eventually as President of Dartmouth (1970-1981).
I was a pioneer in the development of a "Finite Mathematics" course (e.g. logic, probability and matrix algebra), designed because I was unhappy that first-year college mathematics courses were only calculus...."the only subject you can study for 14 years and not learn a single thing that has been done since 1800"!
Another of my claims to fame is the co-authoring (with Tom Kurtz) of the computer language BASIC for microcomputers, with the first program being run at Dartmouth at 2 am on 4 May 1964.
John Kemeny (1926 - 1992)