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David Bressoud is DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College and, as of January 1, 2017, Director of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. He is also a former President of the Mathematical Association of America and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He served in the Peace Corps, teaching math and science at the Clare Hall School in Antigua, West Indies before studying with Emil Grosswald at Temple University and then teaching at Penn State for 17 years. He chaired the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester from 1995 until 2001. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg, France), and the State College Area High School.

David has received the MAA Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, the MAA Distinguished Teaching Award (Allegheny Mountain Section), the MAA Beckenbach Book Award for Proofs and Confirmations, and has been a Pólya Lecturer and a Leitzel Lecturer for the MAA. He is a recipient of Macalester's Jefferson Award. He has published over sixty research articles in number theory, combinatorics, special functions, and mathematics education. His other books include Factorization and Primality Testing, Second Year Calculus from Celestial Mechanics to Special Relativity, A Radical Approach to Real Analysis (now in 2nd edition), A Radical Approach to Lebesgue's Theory of Integration, A Course in Computational Number Theory (with Wagon), and Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic (with Finney, Demana, Waits, & Kennedy).

David has chaired the MAA special interest group, Teaching Advanced High School Mathematics as well as the AP Calculus Development Committee and has served as Director of the FIPSE-sponsored program Quantitative Methods for Public Policy and PI for two NSF-sponsored national studies of Calculus: Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (NSF #0910240) and Progress through Calculus (NSF #1430540).

A native of Pennsylvania, David lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Jan.


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