John Stillwell
Born (1942-08-12) 12 August 1942 (age 81)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D, 1970)
AwardsChauvenet Prize (2005)
Scientific career
Institutions1970 until 2001: Monash University
2002 to date: University of San Francisco
Doctoral advisorHartley Rogers, Jr

John Colin Stillwell (born 1942) is an Australian mathematician on the faculties of the University of San Francisco and Monash University.[1]


He was born in Melbourne, Australia and lived there until he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his doctorate.[1] He received his PhD from MIT in 1970, working under Hartley Rogers, Jr,[2] who had himself worked under Alonzo Church.[3] From 1970 until 2001, he taught at Monash University back in Australia and in 2002 began teaching in San Francisco.[1]


In 2005, Stillwell was the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's prestigious Chauvenet Prize for his article "The Story of the 120-Cell,"[4] Notices of the AMS, January 2001, pp. 17–24.[5] In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]



Stillwell is the author of many textbooks and other books on mathematics including:

Selected articles


  1. ^ a b c "John Stillwell | University of San Francisco". Archived from the original on 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ "John Stillwell - The Mathematics Genealogy Project".
  3. ^ "Hartley Rogers, Jr. - The Mathematics Genealogy Project".
  4. ^ "Story of the 120-Cell" (PDF).
  5. ^ "MAA awards page". Archived from the original on 31 May 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 5 August 2013.
  7. ^ Wilders, Richard J. (16 August 2010). "Review of Mathematics and Its History by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  8. ^ "Geometry of Surfaces by John Stillwell (Review by Choice Review, J. McCleary)". Library Catalog, University of Chicago.
  9. ^ Freudenburg, Gene (1 January 1996). "Review of Elements of Algebra". The American Mathematical Monthly. 103 (2): 186–189. doi:10.2307/2975124. JSTOR 2975124.
  10. ^ Hunacek, Mark (1 January 2007). "Review of The Four Pillars of Geometry". The Mathematical Gazette. 91 (521): 375–378. doi:10.1017/S0025557200181951. JSTOR 40378384. S2CID 164895282.
  11. ^ Biss, Daniel (June–July 2007). "Review: Yearning for the Impossible, by John Stillwell" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 54 (6): 722–723.
  12. ^ Stenger, Allen (6 October 2008). "Review of Naive Lie Theory by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  13. ^ Stenger, Allen (5 February 2014). "Review of The Real Numbers: An Introduction to Set Theory and Analysis by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
  14. ^ Hunacek, Mark (12 May 2016). "Review of Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel by John Stillwell". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.