Mathematics Professor Adrian Rice
Randolph-Macon College Mathematics Professor Adrian
Rice is the winner of the John Smith Award for Distinctive College or University
Rice was presented the award at the April 12-13, 2013 meeting of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia
section of the Mathematical Association of America, held at Salisbury University
in Salisbury, Maryland. This regional award is presented annually to an individual
who teaches undergraduate mathematics in Maryland, D.C., or Virginia.
“This is a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment,” says Chair of the R-MC Mathematics
Department Bruce Torrence. “Next year, Adrian will be nominated for the Haimo award,
the national counterpart to this award. Adrian’s talent as a teacher, his wit and
good humor, his ability to communicate complex ideas and make them fun, and his
dedication to his students, is extraordinary.”
“This is obviously not just an honor for me, but for the entire R-MC Mathematics
Department,” says Rice. “All of my colleagues are gifted teachers and accomplished
researchers who inspire our students every day with their love of the beauty and
utility of mathematics. It’s such a pleasure to work with such a dedicated group
of talented teachers.”
Rice, who joined the faculty at R-MC in 1999, earned his B.S. in mathematics from
University College London and his Ph.D. in the history of mathematics from Middlesex
University. His research at R-MC focuses on 19th-century and early 20th-century
mathematics. His publications include Mathematics Unbound: The Evolution of an International
Mathematical Research Community, 1800–1945 (edited with Karen Hunger Parshall)
and The London Mathematical Society Book of Presidents, 1865–1965 (written
with Susan Oakes and Alan Pears.) He also edited the 2011 Oxford University Press
book Mathematics in Victorian Britain (with Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson)
and has published numerous journal articles.
In 2003, Rice was the recipient of R-MC’s Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in
Teaching. In 2007, he received the Trevor Evans Award for Outstanding Expository
Writing from the Mathematical Association of America for an article he co-wrote
with R-MC Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence on the mathematics of Lewis Carroll.
In 2010, Rice received the Trevor Evans
Award for Outstanding Expository Writing for an article entitled Gaussian Guesswork
(or Why 1.19814023473559220744... is Such a Beautiful Number).