|Rhodes Peele decided that he wanted to be a mathematician at age 13, after reading The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardner. His research specialty is combinatorics; if you are curious about this part of mathematics, click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combinatorics for an authoritative and accessible introduction.
Dr. Peele’s hobbies are chess, bridge, backgammon, and classical piano. Since his appointment to AUM in 1990, he has worked to bring a major chess tournament, the Queen of Hearts, to the AUM campus every February. He has three cats that he adores; their names are Spades, Tiger and Koko.