Jenny Baglivo

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Jenny Baglivo
Born1948 (age 75–76)
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisEquivariant Wall Obstruction Theory (1976)
Doctoral advisorDouglas R. Anderson

Jenny Antoinette Baglivo (born 1948)[1] is an American mathematician, statistician, and book author. She is retired as a professor of mathematics at Boston College, where she retains an affiliation as research professor.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Baglivo is originally from Brooklyn, the daughter of a watch repairer and granddaughter of Italian immigrants. The only one of four siblings to attend college,[1] she majored in mathematics at Fordham University, graduating in 1970. She went to Syracuse University for graduate study, earning a master's degree in mathematics in 1972, a second master's degree in computer and information science in 1976, and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1976, specializing in algebraic topology.[3] Her dissertation, Equivariant Wall Obstruction Theory, concerned Wall's finiteness obstruction, and was supervised by Douglas R. Anderson.[4]

After completing her doctorate, she became an assistant professor of mathematics at Fairfield University, and was promoted to associate professor in 1981. While continuing to hold an affiliation at Fairfield, she also became a postdoctoral researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1980 to 1982.[3] There, she worked as a biostatistician on CT scans of brains.[2] She moved from Fairfield to Boston College in 1986, and was promoted to full professor in 1992.[3]


Baglivo's book Incidence and Symmetry in Design and Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 1983, with Jack E. Graver)[5] won an Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in 1983,[6] and has been recommended for undergraduate mathematics libraries by the Basic Library List Committee of the Mathematical Association of America.[7]

She is also the author of Mathematica Laboratories for Mathematical Statistics: Emphasizing Simulation and Computer Intensive Methods (SIAM, 2005).[8]


  1. ^ a b Li, Ada (2010), "Math is More Than Just Numbers: Biography of Professor Jenny Baglivo", AWM Student Essay Contest, Association for Women in Mathematics
  2. ^ a b Baglivo, Jenny, About, Boston College, retrieved 2021-01-17
  3. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae (PDF), Boston College, December 2010, archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29
  4. ^ Jenny Baglivo at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Reviews of Incidence and Symmetry in Design and Architecture: Ethan D. Bolker (1986), MR0781928; C. F. Earl (1983), Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, doi:10.1068/b100117; Loren C. Larson (1985), American Mathematical Monthly, doi:10.1080/00029890.1985.11971531
  6. ^ Past Winners of Book Awards [1979–2018] (PDF), Alpha Sigma Nu, retrieved 2021-01-17
  7. ^ "Incidence and Symmetry in Design and Architecture (listed but not reviewed)", MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2021-01-17
  8. ^ Reviews of Mathematica Laboratories for Mathematical Statistics: Christina Diakaki, Zbl 1067.62002; Cliff Lunneborg (2006), SIAM Review, JSTOR 20453772

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