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**Peter Mann Winkler** is a research mathematician, author of more than 125 research papers in mathematics^{[1]} and patent holder in a broad range of applications, ranging from cryptography to marine navigation.^{[2]} His research areas include discrete mathematics, theory of computation and probability theory.
He is currently a professor of mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth College.^{[3]}

Peter Winkler studied mathematics at Harvard University and later received his PhD in 1975 from Yale University under the supervision of Angus McIntyre.^{[4]} He has also served as an assistant professor at Stanford, full professor and chair at Emory and as a mathematics research director at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies.^{[2]} He was visiting professor at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.^{[5]}

He has published three books on mathematical puzzles: *Mathematical Puzzles: A connoisseur's collection* (A K Peters, 2004, ISBN 978-1-56881-201-4, translated to German and Russian), *Mathematical Mind-Benders* (A K Peters, 2007, ISBN 978-1-56881-336-3), and *Mathematical Puzzles* (A K Peters, 2021, ISBN 978-0-36720-693-2). And he is widely considered to be a pre eminent scholar in this domain. He was the Visiting Distinguished Chair for Public Dissemination of Mathematics at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), gave topical talks at the Gathering 4 Gardner conferences, and wrote novel papers related to some of these puzzles.

Winkler's book *Bridge at the Enigma Club*^{[6]} was a runner up for the 2011 Master Point Press Book Of The Year award.^{[7]}

Also in 2011, Winkler received the David P. Robbins Prize of the Mathematical Association of America as coauthor of one of two papers^{[8]} in the *American Mathematical Monthly*.

According to a story included in Chapter One of "*The Man Who Loved Only Numbers* / The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth",^{[9]} Paul Erdős attended the bar mitzvah celebration for Peter Winkler's twins, and Winkler's mother-in-law tried to throw Erdős out. [Quote:]

"Erdös came to my twins' bar mitzvah, notebook in hand," said Peter Winkler, a colleague of Graham's at AT&T. "He also brought gifts for my children--he loved kids--and behaved himself very well. But my mother-in-law tried to throw him out. She thought he was some guy who wandered in off the street, in a rumpled suit, carrying a pad under his arm. It is entirely possible that he proved a theorem or two during the ceremony."

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**^**Publication list from Winkler's home page at Dartmouth.- ^
^{a}^{b}Information listed on Peter Winkler's homepage at Dartmouth. **^**Dartmouth mathematics faculty listing.**^**Peter Winkler at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.**^**"Humboldt network profile of Peter Winkler".*www.humboldt-foundation.de*. Retrieved 2019-09-17.**^***The Bridge World*Bookstore*Bridge at the Enigma Club*by Peter Winkler**^**The 2011 Master Point Press Book Of The Year Award 2014 IPBA Handbook, p. 176**^**"Overhang",*American Mathematical Monthly*, vol. 116, January 2009 (Online)

"Maximum Overhang",*American Mathematical Monthly*, vol. 116, December 2009 (Online)- ^
^{a}^{b}Hoffman, Paul (15 July 1998).*The Man Who Loved Only Numbers / The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth*. "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers" was published in hardcover by: Hyperion Books and a later edition was published by The New York Times Book Company. ISBN 0-7868-6362-5. Retrieved November 23, 2017.

- Peter Winkler at the Mathematics Genealogy Project