Ronald Graham was the first Kieval speaker in 1983 and will be returning as the twenty eighth speaker in March 1997. Graham is head of AT&T Mathematical Research Center in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he has worked since 1963. He appears in the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the creator of the highest number ever used in a mathematical proof!

Graham is a past president of both the American Mathematics Society and the International Juggler's Society. He serves on the editorial boards of approximately 25 mathematical journals and has written articles about magic and juggling as well as many high quality papers in various areas of mathematics mostly in combinatorics.

His undergraduate degree is from the University of Alaska in physics, his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.