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Mathematical But Famous Nonmathematicians III

All of the following people share a common element...they all studied mathematics in college as majors or minors....though some left before completing a degree. Given their first name and profession/position (former?), can you identify them by unscrambling their last names?

  • Edwin SMOSE: Olympic track star
  • Laurence BRIET: Harvard law professor
  • Tom RHEREL: Songwriter and parodist
  • Frank NARY: Cleveland Browns quarterback
  • Florence ETHINGAGIN: Nursing pioneer
  • Bram KROTES: Author or Dracula
  • Lawrence Leighton THIMS: Conductor and pianist
  • William YERRP: Secretary of Defense
  • Larry VEINN: Science fiction author
  • Sally DIRE: First female astronaut
  • Ludwig TWINGETNITES: Philosopher superstar
  • David BRINSOON: Basketball star
  • Emanuel SLAKER: World chess champion
  • Alexander THENZLONSIYS: Russian novelist
  • James TRYROMIA: Nemesis of Sherlock Holmes
Once deciphered, read about the people and their mathematical studies.


Source: Adaptation of S. Buyske's "Famous Nonmathematicians," AMM, Nov. 1993, pp. 845-847