Ubiratan D'Ambrosio

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Ubiratan D'Ambrosio
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.

He was a member of many societies, including Pugwash, and served the International Commission on the History of Mathematics (ICHM) for five years.

D'Ambrosio was also the founder of the Brazilian Society for Mathematics and History of the International Group of Ethnomathematicians.

In 2001, he and Lam Lay Yong were jointly awarded the Kenneth O. May Prize.[1][2]



  • 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.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ICHM | International Mathematical Union (IMU)". www.mathunion.org.
  2. ^ "Lam Lay Yong". Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2010-04-12.