Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Heroes: Sadosky


Dr. Cora Sadosky taught me Differential Equations and Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics at Howard University. She made most of her students feel very special. She fought for people, sometimes maybe too much. Dr. Sadosky dramatized mathematics in an appealing way one can only call sexy, with talk about live meetings with dudes we had read only about in books, an accent that belonged everywhere - what are you? Italian? Russian? , eclectic dress too: the necklaces of real coral (Cora loves coral) and Soviet-style boiled-wool suits and those up-to-the-minute stylish loafers she wore on the first day I met her, and this biography online (of course we looked her up online) that explained some of who she is.

She is unforgettable to me, especially because she fought for me to attend my dream summer program in Applied Math at Carnegie Mellon and my too-good-to-even-dream-of Institute for grad school, all the time claiming that I was that good.

I try to be an inspiring math teacher now, with examples like hers from my undergraduate days.

This weekend, I'm the Guest Speaker at the Speech Day and Prize-Giving Ceremony at my alma mater, Queen's College, Nigeria's premier (1927) secondary school for girls. I'm impressed.


t said...

I read this article in 2003 and was really inspired. It's about a Caltech alum named David Teal that found his work as a professor of physics at Tougaloo College.

t said...

She's dead. Died in December 2010. The word is "unforgettable".