Born in New Jersey, I am a direct descendent of Abram Clark, one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
As a fourthgeneration student at Princeton, I was fortunate to study as the first graduate student under J.J. Sylvester, the great English mathematician.
In 1878 prior to earning my Ph.D., I published a historical bibliography of hyperspace and nonEuclidean geometry, translating the works of Bolyai, Lobachevski, Saccheri, and Poincaré...it became one of the most cited references internationally.
I taught a History of Mathematics class at Princeton in 1881, creating considerable interest for this field.
In mathematics, my research contributed to the areas of quaternions, determinants, abstract algebra, logic, rational geometry, and mesuration.
While teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, two of my students were the future great mathematicians R. L. Moore and L. E. Dickson.
In 1903, I was fired from my Texas position because I published articles criticizing UTAustin because it hired a "wellconnected but not as good local candidate" for an instructor position, arguing that my former student R. L. Moore should have been hired.
Answer:
George Bruce Halsted (18531922)
