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1911 - 1988
  • Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1911

  • Licencie es Sciences (B. Sc.) in Physics and Chemistry, 1931 University of Marseille

  • Diplome d'Etudes Superieurs de Mathematiques, 1936

  • Mathematics teacher at the Lycee Francais in Alexandria (Mission Laique Francaise), 1932-36

  • Ph.D in mathematics at the University of Basel: Les cas essentiellement geodesiques des equations de Hamilton-Jacobi integrables par separation des variables (The essentially geodesic cases of Hamilton-Jacobi equations integrable by the separation of variables), 1937
  • Founder and Director of the Centre d'Etudes Superieures Scientifiques et Technique in Cairo, 1938-45

  • "Visiting Mathematics Professor" at the University of Liverpool, 1945-46

  • Master of Arts in Education at the University of London: The Mathematical Definition of Education, 1948

  • Docteur es Lettres (Philosophy) at the University of  Lille, 1952

  • Mathematics teacher and teacher trainer for grammar schools in the London area and at the University of  London, 1946-57

  • Member of a United Nations (Technical Assistance) mission to Ethiopia with the object of finding a solution to the problem of illiteracy, 1957-58

  • Founder of The Cuisenaire Company , 1954; director until 1986. Production of the Cuisenaire materials and the accompanying manuals

  • Company extended to include publishing in 1960 with branches in 7 countries.  70 authors including Caleb Gattegno were published between 1960 and 1982

  • Mathematics at Your Fingertips 1961, film.

  • Founder of Educational Solutions in 1968 in New York where he lived until his death in 1988


  • He travelled (10 trips around the world) and taught the subordination of teaching to learning in the fields of literacy, language learning and mathematics

  • Founder of the International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Education (CIEAEM) in 1951; he left in 1960

  • In 1952 he founded The Association for Teaching Aids in Mathematics (ATAM), which became The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), and its journal Mathematics Teaching which is published 4 times a year and has 4000 members

  • In 1952 he also participated in the founding of the Societe Belge des Professeurs de Mathematique d'expression francaise and its journal Mathematica et Paedagogia

  • From 1947 until his death, he ran seminars for international groups, mainly in Europe, in North and South America and in Japan

  • From 1971 until his death, he published the Educational Solutions Newsletter five times a year

  • He is the author of pedagogical works, books on psychology and books of reflection on different subjects (death, health, love, economics)

  • Between 1944 and 1988 he published almost 120 books and 500 articles in scientific and other journals in a dozen countries.  See the bibliography of his works 

  • He created pedagogical materials for the teaching of reading (Words in Color, Infused Reading), foreign languages (Silent Way) and mathematics (Numbers in Color, geoboards)

    He died in Paris in 1988 two weeks after having run the seminar Le mystere de la communication near Grenoble.

    c Une Education Pour Demain, Association 1901