Math was one of the original departments dating from Rice's first academic year in 1912. Of the 9 faculty listed in the 1912-13 Rice Institute General Announcements, 3 were mathematicians:
Percy John DaniellResearch Associate in Applied Mathmatics
Griffith Conrad EvansAssistant Professor of Pure Mathematics
Edgar Odell LovettPresident of the Institute and Professor of Mathematics
Photos courtesy of Woodsen Research Center, Rice University, Photo Files.