Annita Tuller

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Annita Tuller (born December 30, 1910 in Brooklyn , New York , † August 29, 1994 in Cupertino , California ) was an American mathematician and university professor .

Life and research

Tuller was the daughter of Russian immigrants and received her elementary and secondary education in Brooklyn public schools. She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1925 at the age of fourteen and began her studies at Hunter College that same year . She received her bachelor's degree in 1929 and then studied at Bryn Mawr College , where Anna Pell Wheeler inspired her as a teacher. After gaining her master’s degree in 1929, she worked for a year at Hunter College as a math teacher. From 1931 to 1935 she was a math and physics teacher at William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City, Queens, New York. From 1935 to 1936 she was a scholarship holder at Bryn Mawr College and received her doctorate in 1937 under Gustav Hedlund with the dissertation: The Measure of Transitive Geodesics on Certain Three Dimensional Manifolds. She then was a tutor at Hunter College and traveled to Europe in the summer of 1938. In 1938 she married Morris Levine, who worked for a newspaper publisher in New York and with whom she had a daughter in 1942 and 1944. She remained on the faculty at Hunter College until 1939 as a tutor, then until 1949 as an instructor, until 1961 as an assistant professor and until 1968 as an associate professor. She then taught on the Bronx campus of Hunter College, which became the independent Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in 1968 and where she retired as a professor emeritus in 1971. She was active in the Metropolitan New York section of the History of Science Society, for which she was chairman of the Hospitality Committee in the mid-1950s and treasurer for about a decade from 1959. She was also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences . She has recorded mathematical texts for the blind as a member of the Briarwood Community Association and as a volunteer. She was a member of the UNA-USA ( United Nations Association of the United States of America ), the US Committee for UNICEF and the American Association of Retired Persons .


Publications (selection)

  • 1938: The measure of transitive geodesics on certain three-dimensional manifolds. Duke Math. J. 4: 78-94.
  • 1964: Trigonometry. In Encyclopedia Americana 27: 103-10.
  • 1967: A Modern Introduction to Geometries. University Series in Undergraduate Mathematics. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co.


  • Judy Green, Jeanne LaDuke: Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's. 2009, ISBN 978-0-8218-4376-5 .

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