Eric Temple Bell Non-Fiction Author

Birthday February 7, 1883
Birthplace Scotland
Death Date Dec 21, 1960 (age 77)
Birth Sign Aquarius


A Scottish-American mathematician, non-fiction author, and novelist, he is best known for his 1937 biographical work, Men of Mathematics. His science fiction novels include The Purple Sapphire (1924) and The Gold Tooth (1927).

Before Fame

He attended Stanford University and Columbia University. He later joined the mathematics faculty at both the University of Washington and the California Institute of Technology.


He published his novels under the pseudonym of John Taine.

Family Life

He was born in Peterhead, Scotland. His father, a fisherman, moved the family to San Jose, California in 1884.

Associated With

He and Ossie Davis both attended Columbia University.


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