Dirk Jan Struik

Dirk Jan Struik

Dirk Jan Struik (September 30, 1894-October 21, 2000) was a Dutch-born American (since 1934) mathematician, historian of mathematics, and Marxist. Struik joined the Communist Party of the Netherlands in 1919 and remained a Communist his entire life.

During the McCarthy era, Struik’s Marxism led to accusations that he was a Soviet spy. He denied the allegations and was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Struik refused to answer over 200 questions, repeatedly invoking the First and Fifth Amendments. As a result, he was suspended from teaching for five years at MIT. Struik was reinstated in 1956, though he retired from MIT in 1960. Struik also helped found the peer reviewed Marxist journal¬†Science & Society.