Pitzer College Professor Judith Grabiner Named an American Mathematical Society Fellow

Judith V. Grabiner

Claremont, Calif. (November 27, 2012) — Judith Grabiner, the Flora Sanborn Pitzer professor of mathematics at Pitzer College, has been selected as an inaugural member of the 2012 Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The new Fellows program recognizes AMS members from around the globe who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

The 2012 AMS Fellows represent some of the most accomplished mathematicians worldwide “who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world and to educational excellence,” said AMS President Eric M. Friedlander. This year’s fellows are selected from more than 600 international institutions, including MIT, Harvard University and University of Oxford.

Grabiner said she was honored to be selected as an AMS Fellow and grateful to her own teachers, colleagues and, above all, her students “for their questions, enthusiasm and insights.”

Grabiner has published three books, most recently A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as Algebra and Selected Writings. Her numerous scholarly articles have appeared in a variety of publications, earning seven prizes from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). She taught a DVD course, Mathematics, Philosophy and the ‘Real World’, for the Teaching Company and won the MAA’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.

Judith Grabiner has excelled in a field often dominated by men—women occupy approximately 9 to 16 percent of tenure-track positions in math-heavy fields. The Association for Women in Mathematics estimated that women make up only 10 percent of the AMS’s inaugural class of Fellows.

“Congratulations to Judy on this wonderful recognition of her contributions to mathematics,” said Muriel Poston, Pitzer dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs.

Grabiner received a BS from the University of Chicago and her MA and PhD from Harvard University.

Founded in 1888, the 30,000-member AMS promotes mathematical research, strengthens mathematical education and fosters awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.

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