John Stillwell

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John Stillwell
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Born (1942-08-12) 12 August 1942 (age 75)
Melbourne, Australia
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D,1970)
Awards Chauvenet Prize (2005)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions 1970 until 2001: Monash University
2002 to date: University of San Francisco
Doctoral advisor Hartley Rogers, Jr

John Colin Stillwell (born 1942) is an Australian mathematician on the faculties of the University of San Francisco and Monash University.[1]


He was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived there until he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his doctorate.[1] He received his PhD from MIT in 1970, working under Hartley Rogers, Jr[2] who had himself worked under Alonzo Church[3] From 1970 until 2001 he taught at Monash University back in Australia and in 2002 began teaching in San Francisco.[1]


In 2005, Stillwell was the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's prestigious Chauvenet Prize for his article “The Story of the 120-Cell,”[4] Notices of the AMS, January 2001, pp. 17–24.[5] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]



Stillwell is the author of many textbooks and other books on mathematics including:

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Profile at University of San Francisco Archived 2010-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Story of the 120-Cell
  5. ^ MAA awards page
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-08-05.
  7. ^ Freudenburg, Gene (1996-01-01). "Review of Elements of Algebra". The American Mathematical Monthly. 103 (2): 186–189. doi:10.2307/2975124. JSTOR 2975124. 
  8. ^ Hunacek, Mark (2007-01-01). "Review of The Four Pillars of Geometry". The Mathematical Gazette. 91 (521): 375–378. JSTOR 40378384. 
  9. ^ Biss, Daniel (June–July 2007). "Review: Yearning for the Impossible, by John Stillwell" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 54 (6): 722–723.