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Pamela Liebeck

Pamela Liebeck

Pamela Liebeck (née Lawrence, 1930–2012) was a British mathematician and mathematics educator, the author of two books on mathematics.


Liebeck was born in Bromley on 11 July 1930,[1] grew up in Surrey, and read mathematics at Somerville College, Oxford beginning in 1949. At Oxford, she also played on the cricket and tennis teams. After additional study at the University of Cambridge, she became a mathematics teacher. Her husband Hans Liebeck was also an Oxford mathematics student; they met through a shared love of playing chamber music, married in 1953, and moved together to Cape Town University in South Africa in 1955, where Liebeck taught mathematics part-time while raising two children and studying music.[2]

In 1961, Liebeck and her husband returned to England. As their (now three) children grew old enough, she returned to teaching, first at the Madeley College of Education in Newcastle-under-Lyme (eventually part of Staffordshire University) and then at Keele University, where her husband had been posted since their return to England.[2]

Her son, Martin W. Liebeck,[3] became a mathematics professor at Imperial College London.[4]

She died on 3 July 2012.[3]


Liebeck wrote two books on mathematics:

  • Vectors and Matrices (Pergamon, 1971)[5]
  • How Children Learn Mathematics: A Guide for Parents and Teachers (Penguin, 1984)[6]


  1. The metadata in the Somerville College Report obituary states Liebeck's birthdate and birthplace in the title of the pdf file.
  2. Liebeck, Ann, "Pamela Liebeck (Lawrence, 1949)" (PDF), Somerville College Report 2012–13: 100
  3. "Liebeck, Pamela", Stoke Sentinel, 11 July 2012 via
  4. Home page of Martin W. Liebeck, retrieved 2020-04-11
  5. Reviews of Vectors and Matrices:
    • Birnbaum, Saul (April 1972), The Mathematics Teacher, 65 (4): 347, JSTOR 27958872{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link); reprinted in November 1972, JSTOR 27959067
    • Neill, Hugh (October 1972), The Mathematical Gazette, 56 (397): 253–254, doi:10.2307/3617019, JSTOR 3617019{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  6. Reviews of How Children Learn Mathematics:
    • British Book News: 731, 1984{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Eastwood, Margaret (March 1986), The Mathematical Gazette, 70 (451): 55–56, doi:10.2307/3615837, JSTOR 3615837{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
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