10 Facts About Amir Aczel


Amir Dan Aczel was an Israeli-born American lecturer in mathematics and the history of mathematics and science, and an author of popular books on mathematics and science.


When he was ten, Amir Aczel's father taught his son how to steer a ship and navigate.


Amir Aczel graduated from the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, in 1969.


Amir Aczel graduated with a BA in mathematics in 1975, and received a Master of Science in 1976.


Amir Aczel taught mathematics at universities in California, Alaska, Massachusetts, Italy, and Greece.


Amir Aczel married his wife Debra in 1984 and had one daughter, Miriam, and one stepdaughter.


Amir Aczel accepted a professorship at Bentley College in Massachusetts, where he taught classes on statistics and the history of science and history of mathematics.


Amir Aczel appeared on CNN, CNBC, The History Channel, and Nightline.


Amir Aczel was a 2004 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a visiting scholar in the History of Science at Harvard University, and was awarded a Sloan Foundation grant to research his 2015 book Finding Zero.


Amir Aczel died in Nimes, France in 2015 from cancer.