John Montroll

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An origami Tyrannosaurus folded from Montroll's instructions

John Montroll is an American origami artist, author, teacher, and mathematician. He has written many books on origami. Montroll has taught at St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington, D.C. since 1990.


John Montroll was born in Washington, D.C.[1] He is the son of Elliott Waters Montroll, an American scientist and mathematician. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Rochester, a Master of Arts in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland.[2]

Montroll mastered his first origami book, Isao Honda's How to make Origami, at the age of six,[1] the same age he began creating his own origami animals.[3] He became a member of the Origami Center of America at age twelve.[1] He attended his first origami convention at age 14. Montroll now teaches mathematics at St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington, D.C, teaching small groups of advanced math students, AP Calculus AB and BC Calculus, Geometry, and an origami class. One of John Montroll's hobbies is whistling[4] He can whistle in 5 octaves, and has shown this talent at two whistling conventions in Louisburg, North Carolina.

John Montroll pioneered modern origami with the publication of his first book, Origami for the Enthusiast; Dover Publications, 1979, which was the first origami book where each model is folded from single square sheet and no cuts. [5] In the same book he also introduced the origami term "double rabbit ear fold."[6]



  1. ^ a b c The Origamian, Vol.9, Issue 3, 1970, Published by the Origami Center
  2. ^ "Mr. John Montroll". St. Anselm's Abbey School. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ The Paper, Issue 55, Summer 1996, The Magazine of OrigamiUSA
  4. ^ Montroll, John. "Montroll". eOrigami Publishing. 
  5. ^ Dias, Chryselle D’Silva. Home Review: In The Fold. Home Review Magazine  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "John Montroll". Smashwords. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 

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