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**Paul Joseph Sally, Jr.** (January 29, 1933 – December 30, 2013) was a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago,^{[1]} where he was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for 30 years.^{[2]}^{[3]} His research areas were *p*-adic analysis and representation theory.^{[4]}

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Born | Paul Joseph Sally, Jr. January 29, 1933 |

Died | December 30, 2013 Chicago, Illinois, U.S. | (aged 80)

Citizenship | United States |

Alma mater | Boston College (BS, MS) Brandeis University (PhD) |

Known for | Mathematics education |

Scientific career | |

Institutions | University of Chicago |

Doctoral advisor | Ray Kunze |

He created several programs to improve the preparation of school mathematics teachers, and was seen by many as "a legendary math professor at the University of Chicago."^{[5]}

Sally was born in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts on January 29, 1933.^{[6]}^{[7]} He was a star basketball player at Boston College High School.^{[4]}^{[7]} He received his BS and MS degrees from Boston College in 1954 and 1956.^{[8]}

After a short career in Boston area high schools and at Boston College^{[9]} he entered the first class of mathematics graduate students at Brandeis in 1957 ^{[4]} and earned his PhD in 1965.^{[6]} During his graduate career he married Judith D. Sally and had three children in three years. David, the oldest, is a Visiting Associate Professor of Business Administration at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College,^{[4]}^{[10]} Stephen is a partner at Ropes & Gray,^{[4]}^{[11]} and Paul, the youngest, is Superintendent at New Trier High School.^{[4]}^{[12]}

Sally was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1948.^{[13]} The condition resulted in his use of an eye patch and two prosthetic legs,^{[14]} which caused him to be widely referred to as "Professor Pirate," and "The Math Pirate" around the University of Chicago campus.^{[7]} He was known to detest cell phones in class and has destroyed several over the years by inviting students to stomp on them or by throwing them out of a window.^{[4]}

Sally joined the University of Chicago faculty in 1965 and taught there until his death.^{[4]} He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1967–68, 1971–72, 1981–82, and 1983–84.^{[15]}

While at the IAS he collaborated with Joseph Shalika.^{[16]} In 1983, he became the first director of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, which is responsible for the Everyday Mathematics program (also called "Chicago math").^{[4]}

He founded Seminars for Elementary Specialists and Mathematics Educators (SESAME) in 1992.^{[4]} He co-founded the Young Scholars Program with Dr. Diane Herrmann in 1988, providing mathematical enrichment for gifted Chicago-area students in grades 7–12.^{[4]}^{[17]}

Sally died December 30, 2013, aged 80, from congestive heart failure, at the University of Chicago Hospital.^{[2]}^{[18]}^{[19]}

- Amoco Foundation Award for Long-Term Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1995
^{[8]}^{[20]} - American Mathematical Society Distinguished Service Award, 2000
^{[21]} - Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics of the Mathematical Association of America, 2002
^{[21]} - Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012.
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- Sally, P.J., Jr.; Shalika, J.A. (1968). "Characters of the discrete series of representations of SL(2) over a local field".
*Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America*. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.**61**(4): 1231–1237. Bibcode:1968PNAS...61.1231S. doi:10.1073/pnas.61.4.1231. PMC 225245. PMID 16591722.`{{cite journal}}`

: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) - Sally, Judith (2003).
*Trimathlon: A Workout Beyond the School Curriculum*. AK Peters, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-56881-184-0. - Sally, Jr., Paul J.; Diane L. Herrmann (2004).
*Number, Shape and Symmetry: an Introduction to Mathematics*. Pacific Grove: Brooks Cole. ISBN 0-534-40539-8. - Sally, Jr., Paul J.; Diane L. Herrmann (2005).
*Number Theory and Geometry for College Students*. Pacific Grove: Brooks Cole. ISBN 0-534-40536-3. - Sally, Judith (2007).
*Roots to Research: A Vertical Development of Mathematical Problems*. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-4403-8.^{[23]} - Sally, Jr., Paul J. (2008).
*Tools of the Trade: Introduction to Advanced Mathematics*. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-4634-6.

**^**"Department of Mathematics: People". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2008-09-16.- ^
^{a}^{b}Crane, Joy (2013-12-30). "Paul Sally, influential math professor, dies at 80".*Chicago Maroon*. Retrieved 2013-12-30. **^**"Department of Mathematics: About". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2008-09-16.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}^{d}^{e}^{f}^{g}^{h}^{i}^{j}^{k}Golus, Carrie (May–June 2008). "Sally marks the spot".*University of Chicago Magazine*.**100**(4). Retrieved 2008-09-16. **^**Billy Baker (2008-04-28). "A life of unexpected twists takes her from farm to math department".*Boston.com*. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-09-17.- ^
^{a}^{b}"Biographies of Candidates" (PDF).*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*.**49**(8): 970–81. September 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-16. - ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}Billy Baker (2007-10-01). "The powerhouse 'pirate' of the math classroom". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-04-15. - ^
^{a}^{b}Steele, Diana (1995-05-25). "Amoco Teaching Award: Paul Sally".*University of Chicago Chronicle*. Retrieved 2008-09-16. **^**"Sally Award". Boston College. Retrieved 2008-09-17.**^**"Tuck School of Business Faculty Directory". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2011-05-08.**^**"Ropes & Gray Professional Directory". Ropes & Gray. Retrieved 2011-05-08.**^**"New Trier High School Staff Directory". New Trier High School. Archived from the original on 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-05-08.**^**Shaw, Susan (March 2004). "Keeping Your Toes & Feet Healthy".*Diabetes Health*. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-09-16.**^**"Paul J. Sally, Jr., influential mathematician and educator, 1933 – 2013".**^**"Past Members Alphabetical: S | IAS School of Mathematics".*Math.ias.edu*. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2016-10-21.**^**Sally Jr, P. J.; Shalika, J.A. (1968). "Characters of the discrete series of representations of SL(2) over a local field".*Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A*.**61**(4): 1231–1237. Bibcode:1968PNAS...61.1231S. doi:10.1073/pnas.61.4.1231. PMC 225245. PMID 16591722.**^**Paul Sally Jr. Obituary,*Chicago Tribune*, retrieved 2014-01-01.**^**"Chicago Tribune Obituary".*Chicago Tribune*. Retrieved 16 January 2014.**^**Koppes, Steve (2003-01-23). "Sally says students need more than math 'appreciation'".*University of Chicago Chronicle*. Retrieved 2008-09-16.- ^
^{a}^{b}"Mathematical Association of America: Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics" (PDF).*January 2002 Prizes and Awards*. San Diego, CA: Joint Mathematics Meetings. 2002-01-07. pp. 36–40. Retrieved 2008-09-16. **^**List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society; Ams.org, retrieved 2013-07-11.**^**Holdener, Judy (October 2009). "Review:*Roots to Research: A Vertical Development of Mathematical Problems*by Judith Sally and Paul J. Sally, Jr".*Amer. Math. Monthly*.**116**(8): 754–758. doi:10.4169/193009709X460921. JSTOR 40391219. S2CID 218545393.

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- Paul Sally at the Mathematics Genealogy Project