Colm Mulcahy is professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He trained in algebra, and has also written papers on CAGC and wavelets. Over the last decade, he has been at the forefront of publishing original "mathemagical" principles and effects, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He also blogs at the Aperiodical and the Huffington Post.
He's particularly active in Gathering for Gardner and the associated Celebration of Mind initiative, and getting more involved in Maths Week Ireland and Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival outreach activities.
In 1997, Dr. Mulcahy received the MAA's Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing, for an article on wavelets from Mathematics Magazine (Dec 1996). His interests include algebra, number and geometry. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematical science from University College Dublin, in his native Ireland, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University for research in the abstract algebraic theory of quadratic forms.
- Presidential Award for Scholarly Achievement
(Spelman College, May 2013)
- Faculty Innovation and Initiative Award
(Spelman College's Faculty Council, May 2011)
- Fannie Lou Hamer Award
(Spelman College Board of Trustees, for community service, Apr 2001)
- Carl B. Allendoerfer
(MAA prize for excellence in exposition writing, for "Plotting and Scheming with Wavelets", Aug 1997 )