Eric Temple Bell was professor mathematics at Caltech from 1926 to 1953. He was a specialist in the theory of numbers. He
also distinguished himself as a writer of science fiction under the name of John Taine, and also as the author of non-fiction
and poetry. His papers include literary and scientific manuscripts; correspondence, largely with publishers; and some reprints
of his own scientific publications.
Eric Temple Bell was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1883. He came alone to the U.S. at the age of 19 and enrolled in Stanford
University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1904. He continued his education at the University of Washington with
a master's degree in 1908. Subsequently he moved to New York to earn his PhD at Columbia University in 1912. He returned to
the West to teach mathematics at the University of Washington, where he stayed for 14 years. He came to Caltech as professor
of mathematics in 1926.
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