Ralph Abernathy, civil rights leader and Martin Luther King's closest aide.Can we get an op-ed from Larry Tribe on the subject? Or maybe you readers can speculate in the comments.
Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, AB summa cum laude in mathematics at Harvard.
David Dinkins, Mayor of New York, BA in mathematics from Howard.
Florence Nightingale, pioneer in professional nursing. She was the first person in the English-speaking world to apply statistics to public health. She was also a pioneer in the graphic representation of statistics; the pie-chart was her invention, for example. Not really a math major, she was privately educated, but pursued mathematics far beyond contemporary standards for women.
Laurence H. Tribe, Professor at Harvard Law School, often regarded as one of the great contemporary authorities on Constitutional Law. An AB summa cum laude in mathematics from Harvard.
Leon Trotsky, revolutionary. He began to study Pure mathematics at Odessa in 1897, but imprisonment and exile in Siberia seem to have ended his mathematical efforts.
Art Garfunkel, folk-rock singer. MA in mathematics from Columbia in 1967. Worked on a PhD at Columbia, but chose to pursue his musical career instead.
Phillip Glass , composer, a Bachelor's from the University of Chicago.
Carole King , Sixties songwriter, and later a singer-songwriter. She dropped out after one year of college to pursue her music career.
Tom Lehrer , songwriter-parodist. PhD student in mathematics at Harvard.
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass , and other works. A ringer: he was a logician under his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Heloise (Ponce Cruse Evans), of Hints from Heloise . She minored in math.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn , Nobel prize-winning novelist, a degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Rostov.
Bram Stoker , author of Dracula, took honors at Trinity University, Dublin.
Ted Kaczinski, PhD in mathematics from University of Michigan. Kaczinski worked at UC Berkeley for some time and published papers in complex variables before retreating to the woods and becoming the infamous "unabomber."
I'll just say that I expect the Senate Democrats to use the math background as they grill Miers about whether she's got a heart -- a subject they pestered John Roberts about. I expect them to heart-grill Harriet even more. She's supposed to represent women -- O'Connor did! -- so where are her feelings? She never married! She has no children! She majored in math! Will they dare take the tack that she's not a proper member of the group she's supposed to represent? You know they are thinking about it.
I just want to say that I'm standing here waiting for every misstep in that direction, and I intend to slam them for it -- from over here in my little outpost in the blogosphere.