Doris Schattschneider

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Doris Schattschneider
Born October 19, 1939 (1939-10-19) (age 77)
Staten Island, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Moravian College
Thesis Restricted Roots of a Semi-simple Algebraic Group (1966)
Doctoral advisor Tsuneo Tamagawa
Ichirô Satake
Influences M.C. Escher

Doris J. Schattschneider (née Wood) is an American mathematician, a retired professor of mathematics at Moravian College. She is known for writing about tessellations and about the art of M. C. Escher,[1][2] for helping Martin Gardner validate and popularize the pentagon tiling discoveries of amateur mathematician Marjorie Rice,[3] and for leading the project that developed The Geometer's Sketchpad.[1][2][4]

Biography[edit]

Schattschneider was born in Staten Island; her mother, Charlotte Lucille Ingalls Wood, taught Latin and was herself the daughter of a Staten Island school principal, and her father, Robert W. Wood, Jr., worked as a bridge engineer for New York City.[5] Her family moved to Lake Placid, New York during World War II, while her father served as an engineer for the U. S. Army; she began her schooling in Lake Placid, but returned to Staten Island after the war.[5] She did her undergraduate studies in mathematics at the University of Rochester, and earned a Ph.D. in 1966 from Yale University under the joint supervision of Tsuneo Tamagawa and Ichirô Satake; her thesis, in abstract algebra, concerned semisimple algebraic groups.[2][6] She taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle before joining the faculty of Moravian College in 1968, where she remained for 34 years until her retirement.[2][7] She was the first female editor of Mathematics Magazine, from 1981 to 1985.[1][2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Schattschneider won the Mathematical Association of America's Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing in Mathematics Magazine in 1979, for her article "Tiling the plane with congruent pentagons".[5][8] In 1993, she won the MAA's Award for Distinguished Teaching of College or University Mathematics.[1][2][9] In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[10]

Selected publications[edit]

Books
  • M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles (with Wallace Walker, Ballantine Books, 1977 and Pomegranate Artbooks, 1987)[11]
  • Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings, and Related Work of M. C. Escher (W. H. Freeman, 1990, 1992; revised as M. C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry, Harry N. Abrams, 2004)[12][13][14][15]
  • A Companion to Calculus (with Dennis Ebersole, Alicia Sevilla, and Kay Somers, Brooks/Cole, 1995)[16]
Edited volumes
  • Geometry Turned On!: Dynamic Software in Learning, Teaching, and Research (with James King, Cambridge University Press, 1997)
  • M.C. Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration (with Michelle Emmer, Springer, 2003)
Articles

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 2005 Parson Lecturer - Dr. Doris Schattschneider, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Department of Mathematics, archived from the original on 2014-01-11, retrieved 2013-07-13 .
  2. ^ a b c d e f Riddle, Larry (April 5, 2013), Doris Schattschneider, Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Agnes Scott College, retrieved 2013-07-13 .
  3. ^ Cole, K. C. (March 11, 1998), "Beating the Pros to the Punch", Los Angeles Times .
  4. ^ Scher, Daniel (Summer 2000), "Lifting the curtain: The evolution of The Geometer's Sketchpad" (PDF), Mathematics Educator, 10 (2): 42–48 .
  5. ^ a b c Brunner, Regina Baron (1998), "Doris Wood Schattschneider", in Morrow, Charlene; Perl, Teri, Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary, Greenwood Press, pp. 214–219 .
  6. ^ Doris Schattschneider at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ Author biography from "Tiling the Plane with Congruent Pentagons", Mathematics Magazine, 1978.
  8. ^ The Mathematical Association of America's Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, retrieved 2013-07-13 .
  9. ^ "Moravian professor gets math teaching award", The Morning Call, April 8, 1993 .
  10. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-07-13.
  11. ^ Dembart, Lee (May 27, 1988), "Book Review: Art Meets Math in 'Kaleidocycles'", Los Angeles Times .
  12. ^ Brooks, David (2 December 1990), "Escher: Unusual marriage of art and mathematics. Author explores inspiration behind the geometrical work", The Sunday Telegraph .
  13. ^ "Review: Paper patterns of complexity", NewScientist, 21 November 1992 .
  14. ^ Solomon, Charles (December 6, 1992), "A season's treasures: Paperbacks from east to west", Newsday .
  15. ^ "Ever so plane and beautiful", Times Higher Education, 14 January 2005 .
  16. ^ Martin, John P. (December 18, 1993), "Calculus Made Easier: Professors Publish Book To Aid Students", The Morning Call .

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