Gerald J. Porter

Professor of Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania

    4N69 David Rittenhouse Laboratory
    209 S. 33rd St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6395
         Voice: 215-898-8467
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Office Hours: By appointment


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Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1965-66 ONR Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University
1965-69 Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
1969-70 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Studies
1969-75 Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Professor, University of Pennsylvania

2006- Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
1981-91 Associate Dean for Computing Services and Facilities
School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
1991-96 Director, Interactive Mathematics Text Project Mathematical Association of America
Treasurer, Mathematical Association of America
1992-93 Chair-elect, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate
1993-94 Chair, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate
almanac columns
1994-95 Past Chair, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate
1994 Commencement Speech
Past Chair, University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate
1997-2001 Principal Investigator, Midatlantic Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications Throughout the Curriculum
President-Elect, Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty
President, Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty
Past President, Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

MAA Award for Distinguished Service 

In preparation for the Centenial of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Ken Ross interviewed a number of MAA "leaders" about their profesional lives and their involvement with the MAA.  There are two parts to this interview.  This material is copyrighted by the MAA and may not appear elsewhere. Ken Ross interview with Jerry Porter - Professional Career and Background - Involvement with the MAA

On August 1, 2005 I was interviewed as part of a Penn Oral History Project.  The interview consisted of two parts.  The first is about my background and professional carreer; the second, about my role in governance at Penn.  An edited version of the transcript of that interview appears here.  Oral History Part I      Oral History Part II

May 2011 Road to Retirement Presentation (Powerpoint)

Remarks at May 7, 2006 Luncheon

I have had four photo shows at the Burrison Gallery
    Mt. Hagen Sing-Sing       Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Tetons     Cambodia, Temples and People   Images of Mongolia

Some Penn Committees: 

    Burrison Gallery Advisory Committee 2009 - Burrison Home Page
    Personnel Benefits Committee: 1992- 2009
    Academic Planning and Budget Committee: 1994-99, 2001-2, 2003-6
    Task force on Privacy of Personnel Information: Report
    Task force on Retiree Benefits: Report
    Social Responsibility Advisory Committee: report on Darfur, Darfur presentation at University Council 5/03/06

MAA Committees and Presentations


ILA Porter & Hill: Interactive Linear Algebra
A Laboratory Course using Mathcad


Algebraic Topology
Teaching Calculus
Teaching Linear Algebra
Computers in Undergraduate Mathematics Instruction
Periodic Ornamental Design

Math Links:

Penn Mathematics Department MAA Online
AMS EMath Math Forum
Marie Vitulli's Women in Math page NCTM
Penn State's list of Math Departments AMATYC
Mathematicians of the African Diaspora NAM
Mathematics Geneology Project
Joint Committee on Women

Penn Links:

Penn Homepage Almanac
School of Arts & Sciences Homepage Penn Directory
Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

Personal Links:

Committee of Concerned Scientists Family
Photos and Videos
Princeton Class of 1958
American Political Items Collectors
Shareholder Proposal on Darfur Presented at
2007 Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway
Save Darfur
Political Attic's WebStore

last updated October 1, 2011