Judith Grabiner

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Judith Victor Grabiner (born October 12, 1938) is an American mathematician and historian of mathematics, who is Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges.[1] Her main interest is in mathematics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[2]


Grabiner completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Chicago in 1960. She was a graduate student in the history of science at Harvard University, completing a Master of Arts in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1966, under I. Bernard Cohen.[3] Her PhD dissertation was on Italian mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange.[4]


Grabiner was an instructor at Harvard for several years, before she and her husband Sandy Grabiner moved to California.[5] She was a professor of history at California State University, Dominguez Hills from 1972 to 1985.[3]

Grabiner joined the mathematics department at Pitzer College in 1985, and has been the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics since 1994.[1] Her teaching includes courses on the history of mathematics, mathematics in different cultures, and mathematics and philosophy.[1]


Grabiner received the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for the best article in Mathematics Magazine in 1984, 1989, and 1996, and the Lester R. Ford Award in 1984, 1998, 2005, and 2010, for the best article in American Mathematical Monthly.[6][7]

In 2003, Grabiner received one of the Mathematical Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.[8] She became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.[9] In 2014, she was awarded the Beckenbach Book Prize.[10]


  • Grabiner, Judith V. (1981). The Origins of Cauchy's Rigorous Calculus. Dover (reprint); orig. MIT Press. ISBN 0-486-43815-5.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Judith V. Grabiner". Faculty Directory and Profiles. Pitzer College. October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  2. ^ Ronald Calinger (1 January 1996). Vita Mathematica: Historical Research and Integration with Teaching. Cambridge University Press. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-88385-097-8.
  3. ^ a b "Short Curriculum Vitae: Judith Victor Grabiner" (PDF). Profile: Judith V. Grabiner. Pitzer College. April 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "The calculus as algrebra: J.-L. LaGrange, 1736-1813". Harvard University Library. Harvard University. 1966. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Tsang, Derek (March 2014). "Beauty in numbers". University of Chicago Magazine. Chicago. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Mathematical Association of America – Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards
  7. ^ Mathematical Association of America – Judith Grabiner Wins MAA's Ford Award for the Fourth Time
  8. ^ "Professor Judith V. Grabiner, Ph.D." The Great Courses. The Teaching Company, LLC. 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  9. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.
  10. ^ Mathematical Association of America – Beckenbach Book Prize
  11. ^ Waterhouse, William C. (1982). "Review of The origins of Cauchy's rigorous calculus by Judith V. Grabiner; Équations différentielles ordinaires: Ordinary differential equations by Augustin Louis Cauchy". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 7: 634–638. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-1982-15075-3.