David Melville Smith

1884 to 1962

D.M. Smith ("Doc" Smith) was a renowned professor and mathematician at Georgia Tech. He was born in Nashville, TN and went on to earn a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in 1906. Smith then received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago before coming to Georgia Tech as an assistant professor in 1916. D.M. Smith served forty years as professor and was head of the Mathematics department before stepping down in 1950. He was celebrated for his introductory calculus course, where he was known as a gifted teacher who was unfailingly interested and supportive to his students. Doc Smith was often seen driving around the Georgia Tech campus in a 1930s black coupé automobile similar to the Ramblin' Wreck.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Honorary Alumnus Award in 1959