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David M. Bressoud

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Business Address:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

fax: 651-696-6518;


  • PhD, Mathematics, Temple University, 1977; doctoral advisor: Emil Grosswald
  • MA, Mathematics, Temple University, 1975;
  • BA, Mathematics, Swarthmore College, 1971

Professional Appointments:

Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences

  • Director Designate, to begin as Director on January 1, 2017

Macalester College:

  • DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, August, 1996 to present;
  • Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 1995–2001;
  • Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science, 1994–1996.

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park:

  • Professor of Mathematics, 1986–1994;
  • Associate Professor, 1982–86;
  • Assistant Professor, 1977–82.

Peace Corps Volunteer, Antigua, West Indies (first and second form math and science teacher at the Clare Hall School), 1971–73.

Visiting Positions;

  • University of Minnesota (1998)
  • State College Area High School (1990–91), taught Advanced Placement AB Calculus course
  • University of Strasbourg (1985–86),
  • University of Minnesota (1983),
  • University of Wisconsin (1980–81 & '82),
  • Institute for Advanced Study (1979–80).

Awards and Fellowships

  • Fellow of the AMS, 2012
  • Macalester College Thomas Jefferson Award, 2005
  • MAA Pólya Lecturer, 2002–04
  • MAA Beckenbach Book Prize for Proofs and Confirmations, 2000
  • MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Distinguished Teaching Award, 1994
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1985–86
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1981–83
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1979–80

Scholarly Interests:

Partition Theory, Number Theory, Combinatorics, q-Series, Special Functions, Symmetric Functions. Author or editor of ten books including Factorization and Primality Testing, Second Year Calculus from Celestial Mechanics to Special Relativity, A Radical Approach to Real Analysis, Proofs and Confirmations: the Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture and A Course in Computational Number Theory; over sixty research articles and more than fifty other articles on mathematics education and related issues.


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