# Snezana Lawrence

**Snezana Lawrence** FIMA is a Yugoslav and British historian of mathematics and a senior lecturer in mathematics and design engineering at Middlesex University.^{[1]}

## Education and career

Lawrence is originally from Yugoslavia, of mixed Serbian and Jewish ancestry.^{[2]} She studied descriptive geometry at the University of Belgrade before moving to England in 1991 during the Breakup of Yugoslavia and ensuing Yugoslav Wars, and later becoming a naturalized British citizen.^{[3]} She earned her PhD from the Open University in 2002. Her dissertation, *Geometry of Architecture and Freemasonry in 19th Century England*, was supervised by Jeremy Gray.^{[4]}

While working as a secondary school teacher at St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover in 2004–2005, she won a Gatsby Teacher Fellowship in Mathematics, with which she started a popular web site "Maths is Good For You". The site had the aim of providing a resource to bring more work on the history of mathematics into the secondary school curriculum.^{[5]}

Subsequently, Lawrence moved to postsecondary education, including work as a senior lecturer at Bath Spa University,^{[6]} Anglia Ruskin University,^{[7]} and Middlesex University.^{[1]}

## Books

Lawrence is the coeditor, with Irish mathematician Mark McCartney, of the book *Mathematicians and their Gods: Interations between mathematics and religious beliefs* (Oxford University Press, 2015), on connections between mathematics and religion.^{[8]} She is the author of *A New Year’s Present from a Mathematician* (Chapman Hall / CRC Press, 2019), on the nature of mathematics and the definition of mathematicians.^{[9]}

## Recognition

Lawrence is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, for whom she is Diversity Champion and an elected council member.^{[10]}

## References

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^{a}^{b}"Dr Snezana Lawrence",*Academic and research staff*, Middlesex University, retrieved 2020-09-09 **^**Lawrence, Snezana, Diamond, Hanna (ed.), "Anka's Escape from Belgrade",*Fleeing Hitler***^**"About...",*The Monge project*, retrieved 2020-09-09**^**Snezana Lawrence at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**Lawrence, Snezana (July 2006), "Maths is good for you: web-based history of mathematics resources for young mathematicians (and their teachers)",*BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics*, Informa {UK} Limited,**21**(2): 90–96, doi:10.1080/17498430600803375, S2CID 122851275**^**Author profile from*Mathematicians and their Gods***^***ORCID profile*, retrieved 2020-09-09**^**Reviews of*Mathematicians and their Gods*:- Luciano, Erika,
*zbMATH*, Zbl 1365.01002CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Bultheel, Adhemar (September 2015), "Review",
*EMS Reviews*, European Mathematical Society - Sawyer, Megan (November 2015), "Review",
*MAA Reviews*, Mathematical Association of America - Toller, Owen (June 2016),
*The Mathematical Gazette*,**100**(548): 368–370, doi:10.1017/mag.2016.86CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Whiteman, Jamie A. (August 2016), "For your information",
*The Mathematics Teacher*,**110**(1): 79, doi:10.5951/mathteacher.110.1.0078, JSTOR 10.5951/mathteacher.110.1.0078 - Muntersbjorn, Madeline (September 2016),
*HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science*, University of Chicago Press,**6**(2): 333–336, doi:10.1086/687777CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link) - Howell, Russell W. (August 2018),
*Historia Mathematica*,**45**(3): 300–302, doi:10.1016/j.hm.2018.06.002CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)

- Luciano, Erika,
**^**Review of*A New Year’s Present from a Mathematician*:- Caulfield, Michael (August 2020), "Review",
*MAA Reviews*, Mathematical Association of America

- Caulfield, Michael (August 2020), "Review",
**^**"Snezana Lawrence",*Mathematics Today Editorial Board*, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, retrieved 2020-09-09