Hervey Crandall Hicks, PhD (November 18, 1901 - April 14, 1944) was a Chicago-born game designer who was a mathematics professor until his death in 1944. He spent years playing, inventing, and analyzing mathematical games. He received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology. He began teaching at Brown University before the age of 21. He also taught at Carnegie Tech. During World War II, he did research work at Aberdeen Proving Ground Ballistic Research Lab where he apparently overworked and died of encephalitis.
His brother was fellow game designer Bruce Hicks, an applied physicist and digital computer specialist.