Breaking the stereotype that Math Majors are Nerds - How about pro athletes, writers, actors, songwriters?
Math majors have included professional athletes, actors, writers (including the author of the original Dracula), not just students in white shirts and nerdy glasses. Here is a list of a few famous ones.
Harry Blackmun - Supreme Court Justice
Ahmed Chalabi ~ controversial Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago
Lewis Carroll (AKA Charles Dodgson) ~ author of Alice’s adventures in wonderland and Through the looking glass, was a mathematician and logician who taught at Christ Church College Oxford. He was the author of a number of books on mathematics.
Danny Glover ~ This actor, well-known with his buddy movies with Mel Gibson, has a degree in Statistics and worked as a statistician.
Stephen Sondheim ~ Maybe his ability to write songs with perfect melody has to do with being a math major.
Art Garfunkel ~ Paul Simon’s long-time collaborator, has a masters degree in mathematics from Columbia University (he left the PhD program to pursue his musical career)
Philip Glass ~ American composer, studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Chicago
Michael Jordan ~ basketball superstar, majored in mathematics until his junior year
Danica McKellar ~ actress best known for playing Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from UCLA. She is the author of the best-selling books Math Doesn’t Suck, and Kiss My Math
William J. Perry ~ Secretary of Defense under Bill Clinton, received a PhD in mathematics from Penn State University (and a BA and MA from Stanford University, with George Pólya as his thesis advisor)
David Robinson ~ famous basketball player, nicknamed “The Admiral,” has a BS in mathematics from US Naval Academy
Frank Ryan ~ quarterback who led the Cleveland Browns to the 1964 NFL title, had a PhD in mathematics from Rice University
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ~ Nobel Prize-wining author of The Gulag Archipelago, had a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Rostov
Bram Stoker ~ author of Dracula, received honors in mathematics from Trinity college, Dublin