Born in Budapest, I was a child prodigy with an aptitude for languages, memorization, and mathematics...by age six, I shared jokes in Classical Greek, memorized telephone directories, and performed great mental calculation feats.
While attending school, I was also tutored in mathematics by Gábor Szegő and obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics (minors in experimental physics and chemistry) from Pázmány Péter University in Budapest at age 22.
At the same time, I earned a diploma in chemical engineering from the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, because my father wanted me to work in an area more financially rewarding than mathematics.
Emigrating to the U.S., I joined the faculty at Princeton University and was one of the first four people selected as faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study (two of the others were Albert Einstein and Kurt Gödel)...where I remained until my death.
I made mathematical contributions in set theory, functional analysis, quantum mechanics, ergodic theory, continuous geometry, economics and game theory (minimax theorem), computer science, numerical analysis, hydrodynamics (of explosions), and statistics... and mathematician Jean Dieudonné called me "the last of the great mathematicians."
Now known as the "father of modern computing," I directed IAS's Electronic Computer Project, developed the MANIAC (Mathematical Analyzer, Numerical Integrator and Computer), the fastest computer of its kind (i.e. it used thousands of vacuum tubes).
I published 150 papers (30 by age 36), with 60 in pure mathematics, 20 in physics, and 60 in applied mathematics.
Finally, don't believe all of the stories told about me, my driving habits, or my playing of tennis in a flannel business suit....
John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)