Ubiratan D'Ambrosio

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Ubiratan D'Ambrosio
Ubiratan d'Ambrosio (IHCM).jpg
Born(1932-12-08)December 8, 1932
DiedMay 12, 2021(2021-05-12) (aged 88)
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo
Known forEthnomathematics, Ethnomathematics Program
AwardsKenneth O. May Prize (2001), Felix Klein Medal (2005)

Ubiratan D'Ambrosio (December 8, 1932 – May 12, 2021) was a Brazilian mathematics educator and historian of mathematics.


D'Ambrosio was born in São Paulo, and earned his doctorate from the University of São Paulo in 1963. He retired as a professor of mathematics from the State University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil in 1993 having behind him an impressive career as teacher, administrator, council member of many societies, including Pugwash, and writer, and he also found time to serve the International Commission on the History of Mathematics (ICHM) for five years. D'Ambrosio is the founder of the Brazilian Society for Mathematics and History of the International Group of Ethnomathematicians. Here he also dealt specifically with the history of mathematics in the context of the colonization process.



  • 1996, Educação Matemática: da teoria à prática. ISBN 9788530804107

Book chapters[edit]

  • 1997, Ethno Mathematics. Challenging Eurocentrism, in Arthur B. Powell, Marilyn Frankenstein (eds.) Mathematics Education, State University of New York Press, Albany 1997, p. 13–24.
  • Historiographical Proposal for Non-Western Mathematics, in Helaine Selin (ed.), Mathematics Across Cultures. The History of Non-Western Mathematics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2000, pp. 79–92.


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