He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1949 and holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, where he currently serves as Associate Professor of the Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He is also a journalist and worked in the major radio stations, in all five air channels in Argentina, he was a special editor of several journals, and a contributor to the three national newspapers: Clarín, Página/12 and La Nación.
His children's book series, Matemática... ¿Estás ahí?, has been a bestseller in Argentina, other Latin American countries, and also in Germany and Spain, where they have edited the first two episodes. In 2014 he received the ICM Leelavati Award for his work in the dissemination of mathematics.
- "Leelavati Prize Winner". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "Paenza fue elegido el mejor divulgador en matemática del mundo". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "Premio Lilavati en divulgación de la matemática". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "Press Release: Leelavati Prize 2014 for Adrián Paenza" (PDF). Retrieved 18 November 2014.[permanent dead link]