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The California Mathematics Council was founded in 1942 when a small group of mathematics teachers met at Stanford University to form an organization for sharing information. Within months the membership had grown into the hundreds and was spread throughout the state. In June of 1943 the first edition of the CMC Bulletin (now the ComMuniCator) was published. The first CMC events were teacher workshops held at Claremont and Stanford Universities. In 1948 the Council created two regional sections within the state—northern and southern—to provide better services to the growing membership. A central section was added a few years later. George Polya and Brother Alfred Brousseau were instrumental in the founding and early development of the council.

To paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton: CMC is able to do the many things we do to support teachers and quality mathematics education simply because we have “…stood on the shoulders of giants”—the many outstanding leaders in the history of CMC that have shown us the way.

These pages are dedicated to the memories of outstanding deceased CMC leaders who have had significant, sustained, and statewide impact on our organization, teaching, and mathematics education.


CMC is pleased to honor:

Kay Gilliland,
Leader for EQUITY in Math Education

Mary Laycock,
Ground-Breaking Female Math Educator

George Polya,
The Father of Problem Solving

Nicholas Branca,
The Consummate Mathematics Educator

Lyle Fisher,
Co-Founder of the CMC Student Activity Trust