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Professor Judith V. Grabiner, Ph.D.

Professor Judith V. Grabiner
  • Pitzer College
  • Harvard University
Mathematics is a unique human creation. It proves its claims by logic and reason, and it applies to all subjects. I hope to help listeners appreciate its beauty and to use it to become more empowered citizens in a free society.
Dr. Judith V. Grabiner is the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics at Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges in California, where she has taught since 1985. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics, with General Honors, from the University of Chicago. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University. Professor Grabiner has numerous achievements and honors in her field. In 2012 she was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2003 she won the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA's) Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, one of the most prestigious mathematics awards in the country. She also won the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Southern California Section of the MAA, and the Outstanding Professor Award from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition, she is a four-time winner of the MAA's Lester R. Ford Award, given for excellence in scholarship. Professor Grabiner has published widely in her field, the history of mathematics, and she has long taught courses to non-mathematicians with the goal of helping them see that mathematics is fun, fascinating, and useful. In turn, her students have taught her much, directing her to mathematical applications in their own specialties-from Leibniz's philosophy and forensic science to quilting and baseball.

"Professor Judith V. Grabiner is such a good lecturer that she could read aloud from an electronics manual and find a way to make the information both intelligible and interesting. There is a refreshing down-to-earth quality in her lecturing."