There are several notable individuals who have studied

mathematics at

university, but later became accomplished in other fields.

Mathematics may steel one's mind to approach challenges with a iron

logic and a determined attitude. People who are curious about life may find enjoyment in being able to explain the world through a simple

formula. The subject certainly is no place for sloppy, undisciplined thinkers.

__Actors__

Omar Sharif (of *Lawrence of Arabia* fame; maths and physics major, Victory College, Cairo)

Teri Hatcher (Bond Girl and Desperate Housewife; maths and engineering major, de Anza College, California)

Danica McKellar (from *The Wonder Years*; maths major, University of California at Los Angeles - graduated summa cum laude)

__Activists__

Florence Nightingale (founder of modern nursing; privately taught and considered first person in the English-speaking world to introduce statistics to public health. Also invented the pie chart)

Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber; maths major from Harvard University, Masters and PhD in maths from the University of Michigan)

Ralph Abernathy (US civil rights leader; maths major, Alabama State University)

__Athletes__

Michael Jordan (basketballer; studied maths in his junior year at the University of North Carolina)

Frank Ryan (US footballer; holds a PhD in mathematics from Rice University, having written a thesis entitled *Characterization of the Set of Asymptotic Values of a Function Holomorphic in the Unit Disc*)

Virginia Wade (1977 tennis champion at Wimbledon; majored in maths and physics at the University of Sussix)

David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs basketballer; majored in maths at the United States Naval Academy)

__Entertainers__

Carol King (Sixties pre-Martika singer of *I Feel the Earth Move*; studied maths but later dropped out from Queens College, New York)

Art Garfunkel (one half of Simon and Garfunkel; maths and music major, Columbia University)

Paul Vanhoeven (director of Total Recall, Robocop and Starship Troopers; holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Leiden)

Adam Spencer (Australian radio presenter and comedian; maths major and a partially completed PhD, University of Sydney)

Tom Lehrer (musical satirist; maths major - Magna Cum Laude - earnt at aged 18 from Harvard University, followed by a Masters and Doctorate also from Harvard)

__Philosophers__

Bertrand Russell (maths major, Trinity College, Cambridge University)

Ludwig Wittgenstein (maths major, Trinity College, Cambridge University)

Simone de Beauvoir (feminist; studied maths at Institut Catholique, Paris)

__Politicians__

Alberto Fujimori (President of Peru; Masters degree, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister of Canada; maths major, University of Toronto)

Corozon Aquino (President of the Philippines; maths minor, College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York)

David Dinkins (Mayor of New York; maths major, Howard University, New York)

Leon Trotsky (Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs; incomplete studies maths in Odessa)

William J. Perry (US Secretary of Defence; maths major and Masters, Stanford University, and Doctorate in pure mathematics, Penn State University)

Paul Wolfowitz (President of the World Bank; maths and chemistry major, Cornell University)

Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore; maths major, Cambridge University)

Ahmad Chalabi (Iraqi politician; maths major, University of Chicago)

Eamon de Valera (Prime Minister of Ireland; maths major, Royal University of Ireland, Dublin)

__Writers__

Bram Stoker (author of *Dracula*; maths major, Trinity College, Dublin)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Soviet-era dissident; maths and physics major, University of Rostov-on-Don)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Louis Carroll, author of *Alice in Wonderland*; maths major, Christ Church College, Oxford University)

Omar Khayyam (author of *The Rubaiyat*; developed several principles of mathematics, including geometry, algebra and trigonometry. He worked out that an Earth year is 365.24219858156 days)

Miranda Devine (Australian journalist; maths major, Macquarie University, Sydney)