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Born in Boston, I became interested in mathematics when I taught myself calculus at age 12.

As a student at Harvard, I studied finite group theory under the esteemed Saunders MacLane.

WWII interrupted my schooling, so I served as a Harvard instructor for army personnel...then later finished my Ph.D. thesis on algebraic geometry under Oscar Zariski.

I have taught mathematics at Clark University, Northeastern University, and Rutgers University...and am known for my dynamic lectures.

Though a type of ring is named after me, I switched my research to work on finite groups with I.N. Herstein...and even was invited to participate in "Group Theory Year" at the University of Chicago.

I eventually became one of the leaders in the 25-year effort by hundreds of mathematicians to classify all of the finite simple groups.

I have been fortunate to receive many awards: the Steele Prize, election to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and was named Director of DIMACS, a national science and technology center in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.

Answer: Daniel Gorenstein (1923 - 1992)