Sally Cockburn

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Sally Patricia Cockburn (born 1960)[1] is a mathematician whose research ranges from algebraic topology and set theory to geometric graph theory and combinatorial optimization. A Canadian immigrant to the US, she is a professor of mathematics at Hamilton College, and chair of the mathematics department at Hamilton.[2][3]

Education and career[edit]

Cockburn is originally from Ottawa. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Queen's University in Ontario, in 1982 and 1984 respectively,[4] and also has a master's degree from the University of Ottawa.[3] She completed her Ph.D. in algebraic topology in 1991 from Yale University. Her dissertation, The Gamma-Filtration on Extra-Special P-Groups, was supervised by Ronnie Lee.[5]

She joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1991, and was promoted to full professor in 2014.[2] At Hamilton, she has also served as the coach for the college's squash team.[4]


Cockburn won the 2014 Carl B. Allendoerfer Award of the Mathematical Association of America with Joshua Lesperance for their joint work, "deranged socks", on a variation of the problem of counting derangements.[4][6]


  1. ^ Birth year from ISNI authority control file, accessed 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ a b Foster, Holly (October 27, 2014), "Three Promoted to Professor", News & Events, Hamilton College, retrieved 2018-11-04
  3. ^ a b "Sally Cockburn", Faculty directory, Hamilton College, retrieved 2018-11-04
  4. ^ a b c "Deranged Socks", Allendoerfer Award citation, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2018-11-04
  5. ^ Sally Cockburn at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ "2014 Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards", Mathematics Magazine, 87 (4): 318–320, October 2014, doi:10.4169/math.mag.87.4.318