Born in Kent, England, I was over-protected, educated at the best public school in the country, and excelled at seemingly everything.
After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge (as fourth wrangler), I assumed a mathematics teaching position at Trinity.
My first published text was a Treatise on Universal Algebra.
Though also writing a dissertation on Maxwell's views on electricity and magnetism, my outlooks on mathematics and physics were more philosophical than purely scientific; that is, I was more concerned about scope and general nature, rather than about particular content and theories.
Showing the philosopher side of my life, I supervised the doctoral dissertations of both Bertrand Russell and Willard Quine, with both individuals influencing logic and philosophy significantly.
With Russell, I also co-authored the ground-breaking Principia Mathematica, but cut my ties with Russell at end of WWI while he was in prison due to his pacifist protests.
I moved to the U.S. to teach mathematical philosophy at Harvard; when I died I asked that all my personal papers and correspondence be destroyed.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)