Mark Saul grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Columbia University and New York University. He then spent 35 years in and around New York City, teaching mathematics from grades 3 through 12.
More recently, Saul served as Director of Competitions for the Mathematical Association of America. He has been a consultant in gifted education for the John Templeton Foundation and program director for the National Science Foundation. He is a 1984 recipient of the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Saul directed the Research Science Institute at MIT and in Shanghai. Internationally, he has given talks and led workshops in more than 15 countries. He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), and associate editor of the AMS Notices. His publications include twelve books, as well as numerous articles and translations.