## About

Mathematics professor who became an expert in topology and the creator of a novel way of teaching. However, his legacy has been tarnished by his poor treatment and racism towards black students at his school.

## Before Fame

Teaching himself calculus, he entered the University of Texas at 16 years of age, and worked on the foundations of the geometry.

## Trivia

Finding himself bored at one lecture, he hit upon a mathematical game he could play - to see if he could reach the proof of the presented theorem before the professor; he later instituted this game as part of his teaching method.

## Family Life

He was married Margaret MacLelland Key of Brenham, Texas; the couple had no children.

## Associated With

Benjamin Price was another influential American mathematician.