Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was a Philosophy student at Chicago University. [3] During the Second World War, he was a manciple at USS Pope (DE-134) of the American Naval Forces at Atlantic. In August 1945, when Japan surrendered and the war ended, his ship was still at Atlantic.

After the war, Gardner attended to Chicago University again. He stayed at the school for a year to graduate, but he couldn’t get a master’s degree. During decades, Gardner, his wife Charlotte and two children lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He worked as an independent writer who published his books with the help of few publishers. His hundreds of articles were published in various journals and newspapers. Then, they started to live at Euclid Boulevard.

In the early 1950s, he was the editor of Humpty Dumpty and wrote various articles and stories for children’s magazines. His paper folding puzzles in this magazine led him to his first studies in Scientific American journal. He worked there for 25 years and wrote Mathematical Games part.

In 1979, he and his wife got retired and moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Losing his wife in 2000, Gardner went back to Norman, Oklahoma in 2002, to live with his son James Gardner, a professor at Oklahoma University. He died in May 22nd,2010. Gardner was always known as American math and science writer focusing on entertaining math and he is still known for that. He published about 70 books.