Rare Chinese Honor To Historian of Math

  Joseph Dauben
Professor Dauben with his Chinese citation.
Professor Joseph Dauben, Lehman College’s eminent historian of science, was in Beijing in August to be named Honorary Professor of the Institute for the History of Natural Science, a part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dauben is only the eighth scholar—and third Westerner—to earn this distinction in its 46-year history. He was cited for his contributions to the history of mathematics, in particular Chinese mathematics. Dauben has been visiting China regularly since 1988, teaching and giving lectures at universities throughout the country, as well as at institutions in Taipei.

A prolific author in his field, Dauben has also served as editor of several reviews and journals, including Historia Mathematica. A Lehman faculty member since 1972, Dauben also teaches history at the Graduate Center, where he directs interdisciplinary studies and serves as executive officer of the Master’s program in liberal studies.

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