# Bell, Eric Temple (1883–1960)

Eric Bell was a Scottish-born mathematician and writer who spent most of
his life (from 1903) in the United States, teaching at the University of
Washington from 1912 until 1926, then serving as professor of mathematics
at the California Institute of Technology. He did work in number
theory but is best remembered for his books, including *Algebraic
Arithmetic* (1927) and *The Development of Mathematics* (1940),
which became classics, and, at a more popular level, *Men of Mathematics* (1937)^{1} and *Mathematics, Queen and Servant of Science* (1951). He was also a prolific writer of science fiction under the pen name
John Taine.

## Reference

1. Bell, E. T. *Men of Mathematics*. New York: Simon & Schuster
(1937).