Genevieve Madeline Knight grew up in the South and both of her sisters became math and science teachers. After the Russians orbited the first satellite (1956), Sputnik, the government put vast amouts of money to science and mathematics education. Knight chose mathematics "because it had fewer labs than any of the sciences."

Upon graduation from Fort Valley Colege, Knight became an NSF Fellow. It was at an NSF Lecture that Knight actually talked with a woman who had an earned a Ph.D. in mathematics and decided that she would like to have one too! At Atlanta University she had **Adulalim Shabazz **as thesis advisor at Atlanta University.

From 1963 to 1966 and from 1970 to 1985 she taught mathematics at Hampton Institute. In 1985, Dr. Knight went, as a Full Professor, to Coppin State College in Baltimore.

email: GMK01@juno.com

In 1998, I asked Dr. Knight "Why Mathematics?" Here is her response:

I was a college freshman in 1957 enrolled in HOME MAKE ECONOMICS! I was encouraged to major in the sciences or mathematics. In high school I had taken chemistry, physics, biology, French, etc. Guess what? The only major that had few labs was MATHEMATICS! The rest is history: SPUTNIK!

AWARDS

1968-1969 Ford Foundation Faculty Grant, University of Maryland, UMCP

1974-1975 Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Educator Award, Hampton Roads, Virginia

1976-1977 Mary F. and Christian R. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Hampton Institute, Virginia

1980 Virginia College Mathematics Teacher of the Year

1980 Fort Valley Outstanding Mathematics Alumnus Award

1983 United Way Of Virginia Peninsula Service Award

1984 Fort Valley State College Mathematics-Physics Alumni Achievement Award

1987 Fort Valley State College Distinguished Alumni Award

1987 Outstanding Faculty Award for Mathematics and Mentoring to Minority Youth, White House Initiative

1990 Louise Kerr Hines Distinguished Faculty Award, Division of Arts & Sciences, Coppin State College

1993 Mathematics Association of America Distinguished Teaching Award for College/University

Faculty, MD/DC/VA Section

1993 Maryland College Mathematics Teacher of The Year

1996 Wilson H. Elkins Distinguished Professor