Samuel L. Greitzer

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Samuel L. Greitzer (August 10, 1905 – February 22, 1988) was an American mathematician, the founding chairman of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, and the publisher of the precollege mathematics journal Arbelos.[1] Together with H.S.M. Coxeter in 1967, Greitzer coauthored the well-received textbook Geometry Revisited, which has remained in print for more than 40 years.[2] In the 70's Greitzer ran an NSF summer program at Rutgers University for high ability high school math students.


Born in Russia, Greitzer moved to the United States in 1906, graduated from Stuyvesant High School, received his bachelor's degree in 1927 from City College of New York, and later earned a Ph.D. from Yeshiva University. He held academic positions at Yeshiva University, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.[1]

Samuel Greitzer and his wife Ethel had one son.[3] Samuel died on February 22, 1988 in Metuchen, New Jersey.[1][4]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Berzsenyi, G.; Mientka, W. (1988). "Obituary: Samuel L Greitzer". Mathematics Competitions. 1 (1): 29. 
  2. ^ Ruane, P.N. (2008). "MAA Review: Geometry Revisited". 
  3. ^ "Samuel Greitzer in the 1940 Census". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved May 21, 2016. 

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