Satirist and mathematician best known for his humorous recordings of the 1950s and 1960s, especially The Elements from 1959.
He was a camper and counselor at Camp Androscoggin. He studied mathematics at Harvard College. He worked at the National Security Agency from 1955 to 1957.
His father was a necktie manufacturer. His family raised him Jewish, but he declared himself to be an agnostic atheist later on.
His 1954 performance at a Boston nightclub garnered early acclaim from author Isaac Asimov.