Though considered by many to be "one of the quite giants of twentieth-century mathematics," I refused to write any form of an autobiography other than a curriculum vita.
While a student at Yale, I placed in the top five of the Putnam Math Competition for three years.
During WWII, I served as a cryptanalyst...then recalled to serve during the Korean War, finally retiring as a Commander in 1966.
I taught at Harvard from 1946 until 1992, receiving numnerous awards such as the election to the AAAS, NAS, and APS.
In 1952, the AAAS awarded me the prestigious Cleveland Prize for my role in solving Hilbert's Fifth Problem.
Though specializing in quantum mechanics, operator algebras, and discrete mathematics, I am very proud for my contributions to mathematics education as a "teacher, author, and reformer."
Andrew M. Gleason (1921-2008)