Caldwell to speak at UT Martin

Caldwell to speak at UT Martin

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:01 pm

Dr. Chris Caldwell, professor of mathematics and recipient of the 2010 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award at the University of Tennessee at Martin, will deliver an address on prime numbers titled “The Numbers of Intelligence: Both Secret and Alien” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 10, in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center. His presentation is part of the Academic Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by Honors Programs and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from California State University at Hayward in 1979, he earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984.  During that same year, he joined the faculty of UT Martin and has been professor of mathematics since 1996. Though Caldwell is a prominent scholar, with scores of articles, presentations and reviews, as well as two books, “The Dictionary of Prime Numbers” (Japanese), 2004, and “The Dictionary of Prime Number Trivia,” with G.L. Honaker Jr., 2009, he is most widely known for his scholarship on the Internet. Quick to recognize the possibilities of the Internet, Caldwell created, along with Dr. James Fieser and several other UT Martin faculty members, the first UT Martin Web presence in 1994, and they oversaw the UT Martin homepage for several years. His contributions to Internet scholarship include more than 50,000 pages on prime numbers collected in “The Prime Pages” (, which are widely cited, and partially supported by an external grant. This site lists the 5,000 largest known primes and is updated hourly. 

His reputation led a writer for the CBS series “NUMB3RS” to consult with him about dialogue and equations, which have been included in several episodes of the series, as did the author of a Broadway play. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, the Voice of America and German public radio. 

In addition to his research, Caldwell has been active in university service, serving regularly on the Faculty Senate and chairing several university-wide committees. Among his other honors and awards are the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences Ray and Wilma Smith Endowment Faculty Award in 2009-10, the CENS Senior Faculty Research Award in 2006 and the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association Above and Beyond Award in 2006.

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