Pamela Gorkin

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From left: Raymond Mortini, Sophie Grivaux, Frederic Bayart, and Pamela Gorkin, 2006 at the MFO

Pamela Gorkin is an American mathematician specializing in complex analysis and operator theory. She is a professor of mathematics at Bucknell University.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Gorkin earned bachelor's and master's degrees in statistics from Michigan State University in 1976.[1] She then shifted to pure mathematics for her doctoral studies, completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State in 1982, the same year she joined the Bucknell Faculty. Her dissertation, Decompositions of the Maximal Ideal Space of L, was supervised by Sheldon Axler.[1][2]

At Bucknell, she was Presidential Professor from 2001 to 2004.[1]


With Ulrich Daepp, Gorkin is the author of the undergraduate textbook Reading, Writing, and Proving: A Closer Look at Mathematics (Springer, 2003; 2nd ed., 2011).[3]

With Daepp, Andrew Shaffer, and Karl Voss, she is the author of Finding Ellipses: What Blaschke Products, Poncelet’s Theorem, and the Numerical Range Know about Each Other (Carus Mathematical Monographs, MAA Press, 2018).


Gorkin is the 2018 AWM/MAA Falconer Lecturer. Her lecture was on "Finding Ellipses", the topic of one of her books. She is also the recipient of Bucknell's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Crawford Distinguished Teaching Award of the Mathematical Association of America.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Pamela Gorkin, Professor of Mathematics, Bucknell University
  2. ^ Pamela Gorkin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Reviews of Reading, Writing, and Proving:
    • Fung, Maria (December 2004), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Review, European Mathematical Society Reviews, September 2011
    • Stenger, Allen (September 2011), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Bultheel, A. (January 2013), "Review", Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society
  4. ^ "Pamela Gorkin Named Falconer Lecturer", AWM Newsletter, Association for Women in Mathematics, 48 (4): 4–5, July–August 2018