Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Arthur Mattuck has been Professor of Mathematics since 1965. He received the A.B. from Swarthmore College in 1951, and the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1954, under the direction of Emil Artin. Following an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, 1954-55, Professor Mattuck came to MIT as a CLE Moore instructor. He joined the MIT mathematics faculty in 1958. Professor Mattuck's research interests focus on problem in algebraic geometry. He served as Chair of the Undergraduate Committee from 1972-79 & 1982-84. He was Department Head of the Mathematics Department 1984-89. He has served on a number of Institute committees, and served two terms on the Council of the AMS. Professor Mattuck has been widely recognized as one of the Institute's most effective and innovative lecturers of core subjects. He developed the calculus sequencing currently used at the Institute. He integrated practices, such as scale modular instruction and tutoring workshops for TAs, that have been emulated by other departments. (His 1981 publication, The Torch and the Firehose: A Guide To Section Teaching, has served as a model guide both within MIT and outside.) In 1972, Professor Mattuck received the Class of 1922 Professorship Chair (renewed in 1978), which funds innovation in teaching. In 1992, he was among the first group of faculty to be designated Margaret MacVicar Fellows, which "recognizes faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at MIT."