Mark Saul grew up in New York City (in the Bronx), got his BA from Columbia University and Ph.D. from New York University. He then spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12.
More recently, he has been a senior scholar for the John Templeton Foundation, guiding their portfolio in gifted education. Prior to that he was a program director for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included programs in mathematics curriculum, in teacher professional development, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award, the nation’s highest honor for work in the classroom. Internationally, he initiated a student exchange program between Russian and American students, as well as an “Intel/Westinghouse”-style competition for students of mathematics in China. He has given talks and led workshops in 20 countries and has done consulting work in Taiwan, China, Bulgaria, Botswana, South Africa, and India. He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council. He has also done curriculum development with the Educational Development Center and developed an internship program for high-ability students in Shanghai. His publications include numerous articles and books, including a elementary text on trigonometry, co-authored with I.M. Gelfand, a translation and reader’s companion for Jacques Hadamard’s, Elementary Geometry, and The Peak in the Middle, a guide for work with mathematically gifted middle school students, published by NCTM.