Carolyn S. Gordon


Gordon received her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University and her Ph.D. under Edward Wilson from Washington University. She began her career as the Lady Davis Posdoctoral Fellow at Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, followed by positions at Lehigh University and Washington University before joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1992. She is currently the Benjamin Cheney Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Gordon has published over 45 research articles as well as several expository articles. She was awarded a Centennial Fellowship by the American Mathematical Society in 1990. 2001 MAA Chauvenet Prize for her outstanding expository article “You can’t hear the shape of a drum”.

Gordon has been a principal speaker at numerous seminars and colloquia at universities throughout the world. She was the principal speaker at the Conference Board on Mathematical Sciences conference “Advances in Inverse Spectral Geometry” in 1996. She has been an American Mathematics Society (AMS) Invited Speaker at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and an AMS-MAA Invited Speaker at MathFest.

She has tirelessly served the profession as member of the editorial board of the Journal of Geometric Analysis, as Past-President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and organizer of AWM January workshops, and as a member of many boards and committees of the AMS.

Gordon’s research interests are in Riemannian geometry: homogeneous Riemannian manifolds, Kahler and symplectic structures, and spectral geometry. She is particulary well known for her work on inverse spectral problems and on the geometry of Lie groups.


  1. You can’t hear the shape of a drum, American Scientist 84 (1996), 46-55 (with David L. Webb).