Judith Grabiner is a mathematician who specializes in the history of mathematics. She is currently the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. She has authored more than forty articles, as well as three books: The Origins of Cauchy’s Rigorous Calculus (1981), The Calculus as Algebra: J.-L. Lagrange, 1736–1813 (1990), and A Historian Looks Back: The Calculus as Algebra and Selected Writings (2010), which won the Beckenbach Prize from the Mathematical Association of America in 2014. She deliv- ered an invited address titled “The Centrality of Mathemat- ics in the History of Western Thought” at the International Congress of Mathematicians (Berkeley) in 1986. She is the only four-time winner—in 1984, 1998, 2005, and 2010— of the Paul R. Halmos–Lester R. Ford Award for articles of expository excellence published in the American Mathemat- ical Monthly.1 She has also received the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for expository excellence in Mathematics Magazine on three occasions: in 1984, 1988, and 1996. In 2003 she was given the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, and in 2013 she became an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. This article explores her professional life and her far- reaching contributions to the mathematical community.

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