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 (19701981).
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 firstyear 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 coauthoring (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.
Answer:
John Kemeny (1926  1992)
