Curriculum Vitae

Burton Hall 211, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063
Office phone (413) 585-3862

Elementary and high schools in Lexington, Kentucky, USA
B.S.,  University of Chicago, 1960
M.S.,  Illinois Institute of Technology, 1962
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1965

Research Fields
geometry and its applications
mathematical crystallography
history of  science and technology
history of mathematics

Positions held (all at Smith College):
Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and
Technology, 2007 – present
Louise Wolff Kahn Professor in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology,
2000 – 2007
Director, Louise B. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute (Smith College) 1998 –
Louise Wolff Kahn Professor of Mathematics, 1990-2000
Professor of Mathematics, 1978-1990
Associate Professor, 1973-78
Assistant Professor, 1967-78
Lecturer, 1966-67


A.  Books

M. Senechal and G. Fleck, editors (and contributors)
a) Patterns of Symmetry, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1977, 160 pp.
b) Uzori Symmetrii, Russian edition of (a), MIR, Moscow, 1980.  With supplementary articles, paperback,
c) Paperback edition of (a), University of Massachusetts Press, 1981.

M. Senechal, editor.  Structure of Matter and Patterns in Science.  Proceedings of a symposium inspired by the work and life of Dorothy Wrinch, September 1977.  Schenkman Publishing Co., Cambridge 1980, 210 pp..

M. Senechal and G. Fleck, editors (and contributors).  Shaping Space: a polyhedral approach.  Birkhauser, Boston, 1988.

M. Senechal, G. Fleck, A Workbook of Common Geometry, manuscript.

M. Senechal, Crystalline Symmetries:  An informal mathematical introduction.  Institute of Physics, Alan Hilger, Ltd., 1990..

M. Senechal, editor, The Cultures of Science,  Nova Science Publishers,  1994..

M. Senechal, Quasicrystals and Geometry, Cambridge University Press, in 1995; paperback edition 1996.; Russian translation (in preparation) to be published by ……

S. Sherer and M. Senechal, Long Life to Your Children! A portrait of High Albania, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1997, 240 pp.

P. Engel, L. Michel, and M. Senechal, Lattice Geometry, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, preprint, posted 2004 on

M. Senechal, Northampton’s Century of Silk, City of Northampton’s 350th anniversary chapbook series, 2004, 90 pp.

M. Senechal, editor (and contributor), Silk Unraveled!, Smith College Studies in History, Vol. LIII, 2005, 274 pp.

J. Field, M. Senechal, and M. Shaw, American Silk: 1832 – 1932, Texas Tech University Press, 2007, 326 pp. Winner of the American Costume Society’s Millia Davenport Publication Award, 2008

C. Davis, M. Senechal, and J. Zwicky, eds, The Shape of Content: an anthology of creative writing in mathematics and science, A. K. Peters Ltd, 2008

M. Senechal, I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science, Oxford University Press, 2013.

M. Senechal, ed., Shaping Space: exploring polyhedra through art, nature, and the geometrical imagination, to be published by Springer, 2013

B. Articles

“A summation formula and an identity for a class of Dirichlet series”, ActaArithmetica, Vol. XI, No. 4; 1966, 443-449.
“Point groups and color symmetry”, Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie, 142, 1975, 1-23.

“The mechanism of formation of certain growth twins of the penetration type”, Neues Jarbuch fur Mineralogie, 11, 1976, 518-524.

“A prophet without honor, Dorothy Wrinch 1894-1976”, Smith Alumnae Quarterly, April 1977, 18-23.

“Number, the ruler of all things”, Smith Alumnae Quarterly, February, 1978, 12-18.

“Themes and variations”, Criss-Cross Art Communications, 7,8,9; 1979, 40-45.

“Color groups”, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 1, 1979, 51-73.

“Recent advances and unsolved problems in symmetry theory”, in Uzori Symmetrii.  In Russian. (with R.V. Galiulin)

“The genesis of growth twins in crystals”, Kristallografia, 25 (5), 1980, 908-915, in Russian.  English translation in Soviet Physics – Crystallography, 25 (5), September-October 1980, 520-524.

“A simple characterization of the subgroups of space groups”, Acta Crystallographica, A36, 1980, 845-850.

“Which tetrahedra fill space?”, Mathematics Magazine, 54 (5), November 1981, 227-243.

“Coloring symmetrical objects symmetrically”, Mathematics Magazine, 56 (1), January 1983, 3-16.

“Color symmetry and colored polyhedra”,  Acta Crystallographica, A39, 1983, 505-511.

“On colored lattices and lattice preservation”, Acta Crystallographica, A39, 1983. (with M.Rolley-LeCoz and Y. Billiet)

“An introduction to the theory of figures: the geometry of E.S. Fedorov“, Structural Topology, 10, 1984, 5-22. (with R.V. Galiulin)

“Space groups and their isotropy subgroups, Journal of Mathematical Physics,  25 (1984) 3148-3154. (with M.V. Jaric)

“Morphisms of crystallographic groups: kernels and images“, Journal of Mathematical Physics, 26 (1985) 219-228.

“Geometry and crystal symmetry”, Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 12B, Nos. 3/4, 1986, 565-578. Reprinted in Symmetry, Istvan Hargittai, editor. Pergamon Press, 1986.

“Two-dimensional math in a three dimensional world”, Education Week, Vol. IV, No. 20, February 6, 1985, p. 40.  Reprinted in  Education Digest, October 1985, 50-52  (with G. Fleck).

“Introduction to mathematical crystallography”, 19 pp., and “Report on the workshop on mathematical crystallography”, 6 pp., IHES/p/85/47 (preprint).

“F faces of apatite and its morphology: theory and observation“,  Journal of Crystal Growth 78 (1986), 468-478. (with R.A. Terpstra, P. Bennema, P. Hartman, C.F. Woensdreght and W.G. Perdok)

“The crisis in crystallography: a case study in the role of aesthetics in science”,   Intersciencia, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1987), 58-62.

“Tiling the torus and other space forms”,  Discrete and Computational Geometry, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1988 (55-72).
“Color symmetry”,  Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 16, No. 5-8, 1988, 545-533.  In  Crystal Symmetries, edited by Istvan Hargittai and Boris K. Vainshtein, the Shubnikov Centennial Papers, Pergamon Press.

“Mathematics in the Philippines”.   Intersciencia, Vol. 13, No. 3, May-June 1988, 141-144.

“The algebraic Escher”,  Structural Topology, No. 15, 1989, 31-42.

“Symmetry revisited”,  Computers and Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 17, No. 1-3, 1989, 1-12 (published as Symmetry II, Istvan Hargittai, Pergamon Press.)

“Finding the finite groups of symmetries of the sphere”, in  The American Mathematical Monthly, 1990, Vol. 97, No. 4, 329-335.

“Quasicrystals:  the view from Les Houches”, with Jean Taylor.   The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1990, 54-64.

“From symmetry to disorder:  A Personal Odyssey” (1991 Engel Lecture; published in  Five College Ink, Five Colleges, Inc., Amherst, MA, May 1991.)

“Quasicrystals and mathematics”,  Phase Transitions, V. 43, Nos 1-4, Section B (Special Issue on Modulated structures, Polytypes, and Quasicrystals, Part I, edited by M. Farkas-Jahnke and E. Pál), 1993, pp. 27-34.

“Tilings, quasicrystals, and Hilbert’s 18th Problem”,  Structural Topology, v. 20, 1993, pp 7-26.

“Galilelo’s book ‘The Universe’, 371st edition: number theory, computer graphics, and the Sciences”, Smith College preprint No. 1.

“Tilings, diffraction, and quasicrystals”,   The Mathematica Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1994) 10-15.

“An Extension of Vorono\”\i’s theorem on primitive parallelotopes”,  (with L. Michel and S.S. Ryshkov),   European Journal of Combinatorics, 16 (1995), 59 – 63.

“Two communities and vertical integration”,  The Mathematical Intelligencer, vol. 19, no. 2, 1997, pp 33 – 37.

“Tilings by related zonotopes”, (with Henry Crapo), Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Vol. 26, Nos. 8-10, 1997, pp. 60-73.

“The Continuing Silence of Bourbaki: an interview with Pierre Cartier”, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vo. 20, No. 1, 1998, pp. 22-28.

“Oberwolfach, 1940-1960”, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1998, pp 17-24.

“Multiregular point systems”, (with Jeff Lagarias and Nikolai Dolbilin), Discrete and Computational Geometry, Vol. 20, 1998, pp 477-498.

“Parallel Worlds: M. C. Escher and mathematics, revisited”, The Mathematical Intelligencer,  Volume 21, No. 1, 1999, pp 13-19

“Between Discovery and Justification”, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2000, pp. 16-17.

“New geometric invariants for Euclidean lattices,” with Peter Engel and Louis Michel, in “Réseaux euclidiens, designs sphériques et formes modulaires, J. Martinet (ed), Monographie No. 37 de L’Enseignement Mathematique. 268-272, Geneva, 2001.

“The Mysterious Mr. Ammann,”  The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 26, No. 4, 2004,
10 – 21.

“Silk and Society in Albania, ’’ The American  Entomologist, Fall 2005, pp 142 – 150.

“Coxetering Crystals”, Coxeter Day,  Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture,  Conference Proceedings, 2005

“Mathematics and Narrative at Mykonos”, The Mathematical Intelligencer, 2006, pp 24 – 30

“What is a quasicrystal? ’’ Notices of the American Mathematical Society, September
2006, pp 886-887

“Hardy as Mentor,”  The Mathematical Intelligencer, vol. 29, no. 1, winter 2006

“Thoughts on ‘crystal’”, Zeitschrift f. Kristallographie, 222 (2007), p. 311

“A Point Set Puzzle Revisited”, European Journal of Combinatorics, vol. 29, no. 8, 2008, 1933 – 1944.

“Mapping the Aperiodic Landscape, 1982 – 2007”, Philosophical Magazine, vol. 88, no. 13-15, 2008,  2003 – 2016.

“The Grammar of Ornament”, Symmetry: Culture and Science, 22, 1-2, (2011), 83- 101.

“Martin Gardner (1914–2010)” The Mathematical Intelligencer, 33, 1 (2011), 51-54.

“Crystals Twins Revisited,” Israel Journal of Chemistry, 2011, 51, 1153 – 1155  (special issue in honor of Dan Shechtman’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry).

“Quasicrystals: the View from Stockholm”, with Jean E. Taylor, to appear in The Mathematical Intelligencer, 2013.

C.  Book chapters:

“The formation of penetration twins”, in  Processes of Real Crystal Formation, edited by N.V. Belov, Nauka, Moscow, 1977, 61-64, in Russian. (with N.N. Sheftal)

“Escher designs on surfaces”, in   M.C. Escher, Art and Science, edited by HSM Coxeter, R. Penrose, M. Teuber, and M. Emmer, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1986

.”A brief introduction to tilings”, in  Introduction to the Mathematics of Quasicrystals, ed. by Marko Jaric, Academic Press, 1989, 1-51.

“A brief history of geometrical crystallography”, in  An Historical Atlas of Crystallography, edited by J. Lima de Faria, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990, 43-59.

“Shape”, in  On the Shoulders of Giants : a new approach to numeracy, Lynn Steen, ed., National Academy of Sciences Press, 1990.

“Generalizing crystallography: puzzles and problems in dimension one”, in  Quasicrystals, Networks, and Molecules of Five-Fold Symmetry, I. Hargittai, ed., VCH Publishers, 1990.

“Isohedral parallelotopes”, to appear in a volume of essays honoring the centenary of Fedorov’s enumeration of the space groups, Moscow, 1991.

“Visualization and visual thinking”, in  Geometry’s Future, a COMAP publication.

“Introduction to lattice geometry”, in  From Number Theory to Physics, M. Waldschmidt and P. Moussa, eds.  Springer Verlag, 1992.

“Hierarchical tilings”, in  Proceedings of 1991 Symposium on Hierarchically Structured Materials, I. A. Aksay, E. Baer, M. Sarikaya and D. A. Tirrell, eds, Materials Research Society, Vol. 255, 1992.

“Calendars, pacemakers, and quasicrystals”, in  In Eves’ Circles  (proceedings of the “Eves Conference”, Orlando, FL, June 1991), edited by J.M. Anthony, Mathematical Association of America, 1994.

“A critique of the projection method”, in  The Mathematics of Aperiodic Order, R. Moody and J. Patera, eds, Kluwer, 1997

“Tilings” (with Doris Schattschneider), in  A Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, J. Goodman and J. O’Rourke, eds, CRC Press, 1997; revised for 2nd edition, 2004

“Crystals and quasicrystals”, in  A Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, J. Goodman and J. O’Rourke, eds, CRC Press, 1997; revised for second edition, 2004

“From summation formulae to lattices and back again”, in Voronoi’s Impact on Modern Science, Halyna Syta, ed., Institute of Mathematics, Kyiv, 1998, pp. 60-70.

“The Local Theorem Revisited”, in Aperiodic ’97, Proceedings of the International Conference on Aperiodic Crystals, M. de Boissieu, J-L Verger-Gaugry, and R. Currat, eds., World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, 1998, pp. 3-7.

“Periodic and Nonperiodic tilings of EÙn”, Contemporary Mathematics, Volume 223, , J. Goodman and R. Pollack, eds., American Mathematical Society, 1999, pp. 293-312.

“Reflections on the Kaleidoscope”, in Symmetry 2000,  T. Laurent and I. Hargittai, eds., Portland Press, London, 2002: 101-108.

“The Symmetry Mystique”, in M. C. Escher’s Legacy: a centennial celebration, D. Schattschneider and M. Emmer, eds.,  Springer-Verlag, 2002: 427-444.

“Narco Brat,” in Of Human Bondage: historical perspectives on addiction, D. Patey, ed., Smith College Studies in History, 2003: 173 – 200.

“The Camel and the Needle: silk and the Stetson letters”, in Letters from an American Utopia: the Stetson family and the Northampton Association, 1843 – 1846,  edited by K. Buckley and C. Clark, 2004 by the University of Massachusetts Press.

“Coxetering Crystals”, in Renaissance Banff,  Reza Sarhangi and R. V. Moody, eds., Conference Proceedings, 2005, pp. 411 – 418.

“Donald and the Golden Rhombohedra,” in Reflections and Projections, edited by
Chandler Davis and Erich W. Ellers,  Fields Institute Communications, vol. 46, American Mathematical Society, Providence, 2006, pp. 159 – 177.

“Ice’’, in Findings on Ice, Hester Aardse and Astrid van Baalen, (eds.)
Springer Verlag (jointly published with Pars Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
2007, pp.

“The Last Second Wrangler,” in The Shape of Content (see above).

“Bells and Whistles,” to appear in I, Mathematician, Steven Krantz (ed.), MAA

D.  Book Reviews

The Mathematical Theory of Chromatic Plane Ornaments by T.W.Wieting,  American
    Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 90, No. 8  October 1983, 574-75.

Descartes on Polyhedra, by P.J. Federico,  Historia Mathematica, Vol. 11, No. 3, August
1984, 333-334.

Dual Models, by Magnus Wenninger,   American Scientist, March 1985.

Groups: a path to geometry, by John Burns,  American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 94,
No. 6,  June – July 1987, 567-570.

Tilings and Patterns, by Branko Grunbaum and G.S. Shepard,   American Scientist,
September-October 1987, 521-522.

The Shape of Space by Jeffrey Weeks; Tilings and Patterns by Branko Grunbaum and
Geoffrey Shepard; Regular Solids and Isolated Singularities by Klaus Lamotke.   The
    Mathematical Intelligencer,  Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring 1988, 68-71.

Reality’s Mirror:  Exploring the Mathematics of Symmetry, by Bryan Bunch.   American
    Scientist, Vol. 78, 1990, 382.–

Symmetrie — Gruppe — Dualitat, by Erhard Scholtz.    (With Branko Grunbaum.)
Historia Mathematica, 18, 1991, 377-380.

Visions of Symmetry, by Doris Schattschneider,  and The Emperor’s New Mind, by
Roger Penrose.   The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1992, 72-77.

Quasicrystals: the state of the art, by David DiVincenzo and P. Y. Steinhardt, eds,
Science ..
Spatial Tessellations, by Okabe, Boots, and Suyihare,   Science, v. 260, May 1993, pp.

The Visual Mind, by M. Emmer (ed),  SIAM Review, 36 v. 4 (1994), 676 – 677.

Chinese Silk: a cultural history, by Shelagh Vainker,  The Public Historian, v. 27, no. 3, summer, 2005.

Shadows of Reality, by Tony Robbin, Science, v. 312, 21 April 2006.

Transcending Tradition, by Moritz Eppel et. al., Notices of the American Mathematical Society, February 2013.

Reviewer for mathematics, physics, and crystallography journals, scholarly book publishers, and the National Science Foundation

E. Miscellaneous

Editor (translation from the Russian) of  Highly Anisotropic Crystals, by E.I. Givargizov,
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht/Boston/ Lancaster, 1986.

Op-Ed  “Albanians need economic assistance”, Daily Hampshire Gazette,13, 1997. (An
abbreviated version appeared in the New York Times  as a Letter to the Editor.)

Exhibition Catalog “Guide to the Exhibition” (“High Albania”, photographs by Stan
Sherer, Amherst College, Frost Library, March 1995.)

“The Creative Scientific Writing Workshops at BIRS,” PIMS Magazine, Fall, 2004, 7-8.

Collaborator, with playwright and composer Ellen Maddow, on the mathematical music theater “Delicious Rivers” (LaMama Cafe, New York, January and February, 2006; Smith College, Northampton, October and November, 2006).

Exhibition Catalog, “Exhibition,” photographs by Stan Sherer, essay by Marjorie Senechal,  Hampshire College, February 2008.

Pasteur in Alais, a closet-drama, 2008.

“Miles Davis and the Double Helix,” The Huffington Post, October 25, 2012,


A. Selected Lectures  (2000 – Present)

Symmetry 2000 conference, Stockholm, September 2000
Shkoder ne Shekuj conference, Shkoder, Albania, November 2000
Conference in memory of Louis Michel, Ecole Polytechnique, January 2001
Keynote Address, Pi Mu Epsilon conference, Bethlehem, PA, February 2001
“Basic Research and Higher Education,”  in conference “International Support of Science
in Russia and Ukraine: A 10 Year Retrospective and Forward Look, Royal Society
of London, October 22-23, 2001
Textile Society of America symposium, Northampton, MA,
September, 2002
Jean Taylor Symposium, Rutgers University, January 2003
Third International Silk  Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2003
Workshop on the Mathematics of Aperiodic Order, Greifswald, Germany, August 2003 MAA EPaDel meeting, University of Delaware, November 2004
From Moth to Cloth symposium, Minnesota  Landscape Arboretum, Minneapolis,
August, 2003
Social Sciences Historical Association, Baltimore, November, 2003
Second Annual Dorwart Lecture,  Trinity College,   Hartford, CT, March, 2004
Northampton 350th Anniversary Lecture Series, Smith College, April, 2004 (panel)
Reflections and Projections, a conference in memory of H.S.M. Coxeter, University of Toronto, May 2004
Lectures at  universities in Chongqing, Xi’an, Zhengjian, and  Suzhou, China; May-June
Discrete Geometry Day, Bard College, October, 2004
Society for Literature and Science, Durham, NC, October, 2004 (panel)
Mathematical Association of America, University of   Delaware, November 2004 Entomological Society of  America, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2004.
NYU (Courant Institute), May, 2005
Boston University, June, 2005
Bridges Conference, Banff Centre, August 2005
Humboldt State University, November, 2005
Ohio State University, March, 2006
Hood College, May, 2006
University of Porto, Portugal, May 2006
Les Moutons Matheux, La Vacquerie, France, July 2006
Computational Geometry Conference, Smith College, November 2006
Mount Holyoke College, April 2007
NYU (Courant Institute), April 2007
International Union of Crystallography, International School on Mathematical and
Theoretical Crystallography,  Havana, Cuba, July 2007
Conference “Geometry, Information and Theoretical Crystallography of the Nanoworld”,
St Petersburg, Russia, August 2007
Conference “Quasicrystals: the silver Jubilee”, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 2007.
Women Scholars lecture series, University of Victoria, Canada, March 2008
International Nanotechnology Conference, Moscow, Russia, December 2008
Special Session of the American Mathematical Society, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Worcester, MA, March 2009
Conference on Complex Metal Alloys, Nancy, France, October 2009
Mathematics Colloquium, University of Padua, Italy, February, 2010
Mathematics Colloquium, Beijing University, May, 2010
Conference in honor of Branko Grunbaum and Victor Klee, University of Washington,
July, 2010
Mathematics lecture, Vassar College, November 2010.
Quasicrystal Conference in honor of Danny Shechtman’s 70th birthday, The Technion,
Haifa, Israel, January 2011
100 Years of X-Ray Crystallography, a science colloquium at Rider University, October
Mathematical Association of America banquet lecture, Newport News, VA November
Geometry Colloquium, Courant Institute, NYU, December 2011
History of Mathematics Colloquium, Adelphi University, December 2011
Special Session of the American Mathematical Society, University of South Florida,
March, 2012
Mathematics lecture, University of Toronto, April, 2012
History of Mathematics Special Session, Joint meeting of the AMS and MAA, San
Diego, January 2013
Special Session of the American Mathematical Society, Boston College, April 2013
Minisymposium of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia,
June 2013

B. Academic Visits (of at least one month)

University of Ceara, Brazil, June – December 1965
University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1974-75
Institute of Crystallography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow, 1979-80
Institute of Physics, Czechoslovak Academy of Science, Prague, Nov.-Dec. 1985
University of the Philippines, October 1986 and May-June 1987
The Geometry Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN October 1993
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, fall
semester 1995
The Erwin Schroedinger Institute, Vienna, November 1998
Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES), Bures-sur-Yvette, France, Jan.-March
1983, January 1985, January 1989. December – March 1993-94, 1995, June 1997,
February – March 2002, January 2003


C. Professional Organizations      

AMS (American Mathematical Society)
Society of the Sigma Xi
HSS (History of Science Society)
SHOT (Society for the History of Technology)
AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics)
TSA (Textile Society of America)


D. Committees and Boards, not including those at Smith College

National Academy of Sciences Scientific Advisory Committee on USSR and Eastern
Europe, 1982-85; 1989-92
Mathematical Association of America Committee on Allendoerfer Awards, 1984-86;
1991-3; chair 1992-1993
Five College Committee on Applied Mathematics, 1989-1992
Union of Crystallography Commission on Aperiodic Crystals, 1987- 1999
Union of Crystallography Ad Hoc Committee on the Nomenclature of Symmetry 1987-
1989, 1994 – 1999
Board of Governors, The Geometry Center (a National Science and Technology Research
Center at the University of Minnesota), 1994 – 1998
Member, Board of Directors , Textile Society of America  (2000-20002)
Director, Northampton Silk Project, 1997 – 2003
Board of Directors, CRDF (U. S. Civilian Research and Development for the
Independent States of the former Soviet Union), 1995 – 2009
Co-Chair bi-national Governing Council of  BRHE (Basic Research and Higher
Education program), 1998 – 2009
Member, Council of the American Mathematical Society, 2007 – 2009
Chair, AMS Whiteman Prize Committee for history of mathematics, 2011

E. Editorial work

Editorial Board, MAA Carus Mathematical Monographs 1987- 1996; (Editor 1992-
Editorial Board “Discrete and Computational Geometry”, 1985- 2006
Editor of column “Mathematical Communites for The Mathematical Intelligencer, 1997 –
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Mathematical Intelligencer, July 1, 2005 – present; beginning January 1, 2013 I will be the sole  Editor-in-Chief.


F. Conferences organized and/or chaired

Symposium “Symmetry Festival”, Smith College, February, 1973
Symposium “Structures of Matter and Patterns in Science”, Smith College, October 1977
Special Session on Discrete Geometry and its Applications, NE meeting of the AMS,
Amherst, MA, October, 1981
Chair, Microsymposium on Crystallographic Symmetry and its Generalizations, 12th
International Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, Ottawa, Canada,
August 1981
Co-organizer, “Shaping Space”, an inter-disciplinary conference on polyhedra, Smith
College, April 1984
Workshop on Orderly Dispositions in Space (Tilings, quasi-crystals, etc.), Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications, Minneapolis, October 1987
Chair,  Microsymposium on N-Dimensional Crystallography, 15th International
Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, Bordeaux, France, July 1990
Special Session on Aperiodicity and Order, NE Meeting of the AMS, Amherst, MA,
October 1990
Special Session on Tilings, NE Meeting of the AMS, Philadelphia, PA, October
Symposium on “Patterns and Order”, American Association for the Advancement of
Science, Chicago, IL, February 1992
Symposium on “The Cultures of Science”, Five Colleges, MA, October 1992.
Director, NSF Regional Geometry Institute, Smith College, July 1993
Co-organizer, symposium “Transition, or Tragedy? the Balkans in crisis”, Smith College,
April, 1995
Workshop on Space-filling Problems, Les Houches, France,1995
Member of scientific advisory committees for 1995 conferences on quasicrystals and
mathematics in  Budapest, May 1995 and  Toronto, August 1995, and  the Geometry
Festival, Budapest, July 1996
Co-organizer, special session, Canadian Mathematical Society, December, 1998
Co-chair, Organizing committee, Textile Society of America, 8th Biennial Symposium,
“Silk Roads, Other Roads,” Northampton, MA September 26-28, 2002
Co-organizer, five day workshop, “Creative Writing in Science and Mathematics,” Banff
International Research Station, Banff, Canada, August – September 2003
Co-organizer, five day workshop, “Creative Writing in Science and Mathematics,” Banff
International Research Station, Banff, Canada, April, 2004
Co-organizer, five day workshop, “Creative Writing in Science and Mathematics,” Banff
International Research Station, Banff, Canada, June, 2006
Co-organizer, 4-day workshop, “Structural Topology Revisited,”, La Vacquerie, France,
July 2006
Co-organizer, 2-day workshop, “Portraying Scientific Discovery: the situation and the story,” Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, xxxxxx
Co-organizer, year-long research colloquium, “A Festival of Disorder,” Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, 2008-2009
Co-organizer, five day workshop, “Creative Writing in Science and Mathematics,” Banff
International Research Station, Banff, Canada, April, 2010
Co-organizer, Microsymposium on aperiodic order, International Union for
Crystallography, Madrid, Spain, August 2011
Co-organizer, five day workshop, “Creative Writing in Science and Mathematics,” Banff
International Research Station, Banff, Canada, November, 2013 (forthcoming)

G. Grants

Fulbright travel grant  to Brazil, 1965
NAS-USSR Academy of Sciences exchange scientist, Moscow, 1979-80.    ,
NSF grant DPE 84-00339 “Shaping Space”, 1984-5. (With George Fleck)
Academic Specialist grant, The Philippines, October 1986 and May-June 1987.
NSF grant DMS-90 13220, Five College Regional Geometry Institute “Geometry in a
Machine Age”, 1990-1993. (With colleagues from the Five Colleges)
National Lecturer, Sigma Xi, 1992-94;
IREX Individual Advanced Research grant, “The Culture of Silk in Modern Albania”,
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities #069-99, “Northampton Silk Project”, 1999


H. Awards and Honors

Carl B. Allendoerfer Award of the MAA, 1982, for “Which tetrahedra fill space?”
Honored Faculty Award, Smith College, May 2007
Millia Davenport Publication Award of the American Costume Society, 2008  (with
Jacqueline Field and Madelyn Shaw)
Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012

updated November 20, 2012



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