Paul Sally


Paul Sally was born in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States on January 29th, 1933 and is the Teacher. At the age of 80, Paul Sally biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 29, 1933
United States
Place of Birth
Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States
Death Date
Dec 30, 2013 (age 80)
Zodiac Sign
Mathematician, University Teacher
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Paul Sally Life

Joseph Sally, Jr. (January 29, 1933 – December 30, 2013) was a mathematics professor at the University of Chicago, where he was Director of Undergraduate Studies for 30 years.

His research interests included p-adic analysis and representation theory, and he designed several workshops to enhance school mathematics teachers' preparations, and was regarded by many as "a legendary math professor at the University of Chicago."

Life and education

On January 29, 1933, Sally was born in Boston's Roslindale neighborhood. He was a varsity basketball player at Boston College High School. In 1954 and 1956, he earned his BS and MS degrees from Boston College.

He began teaching mathematics in Boston high schools and Boston College in 1957 and earned his PhD in 1965. He married Judith D. Sally and had three children in three years during his three years as a student. David, the oldest, is a Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration at Dartmouth College; Stephen is a partner at Ropes & Gray; Paul, the youngest, is Superintendent at New Trier High School.

In 1948, Sally was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The condition resulted in his use of an eye patch and two prosthetic legs, prompting him to be referred to as "Professor Pirate" and "The Math Pirate" around the University of Chicago campus. He was known to detest cell phones in class and has destroyed several over the years by requesting students to stomp on them or yell them out of a window.


Paul Sally Career


Sally joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1965 and taught there until his death. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study from 1967-1968, 1971–72, 1981–82, and 1983–84.

He worked with Joseph Shalika at the IAS while attending the University of Azerbaijan. He became the first director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, which is also known as "Chicago math") in 1983.

In 1992, he founded Seminars for Elementary Specialists and Mathematics Educators (SESAME). He co-founded the Young Scholars Program with Dr. Diane Herrmann in 1988, providing mathematical enrichment for gifted Chicago-area students in grades 7-12.


Paul Sally Awards


  • Amoco Foundation Award for Long-Term Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1995
  • American Mathematical Society Distinguished Service Award, 2000
  • Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics of the Mathematical Association of America, 2002
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012.