Guide to the Oral history interview with John G. Kemeny, 1984Manuscript DOH-2


John G. Kemeny was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 31, 1926. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1940 and became a naturalized citizen in 1945. Kemeny graduated as valedictorian of his class at George Washington High School in New York in 1943 and earned his B.A. (summa cum laude) and his PhD in Mathematics in 1949 from Princeton University. He served in the US Army as assistant within the Theoretical Division, Los Alamos Project from 1945-1946. He was research assistant to Dr. Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton from 1948-49; Fine Instructor and Office of Naval Research Research Fellow in Mathematics at Princeton from 1949-51; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1951-53. Kemeny came to Dartmouth as a professor of mathematics in 1953 and served as chairman of the department from 1955-67, Albert Bradley Third Century Professor from 1969-72 and was elected thirteenth president of the college in 1970 and served as president until 1981. Following his retirement from the presidency, he served as professor of mathematics and computer science, 1981-90 and professor of mathematics, emeritus until his death on December 26, 1992.

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