This week's mystery is difficult.......making it a good game to play at a New Year's Eve party.
I was born in Philadelphia (PA) in 1849.
I was known as the Harvard "Math Wizard" because I earned the first Harvard PhD in mathematics in 1873.
The picture on the right, me as a distinguished professor, was being sold on ebay for $75 in September of 2006.
I was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University from 1873 to 1876, and then employed in the same capacity at Harvard in 187681, and appointed full professor there in 1881.
I published Elements of Differential Calculus (1879)[sold on ebay in September for about $6], Elements of Integral Calculus (1881), and the syllabi of the Harvard courses in plane trigonometry, analytical geometry, equations, and methods in analytic geometry.
******* Hall on Harvard's campus is named in my honor.
Answer:
William Elwood Byerly [18491935]
