Biographies of Women Mathematicians

An on-going project at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. Created by Larry Riddle, Department of Mathematics

Sophie Germain

Worked on number theory and Fermat's Last Theorem

Emilie du Châtelet

French mathematician, physicist, and author

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Wrote first book discussing both differential and integral calculus

Caroline Herschel

A prominent observational astronomer

Mary Fairfax Somerville

A Scottish science writer, mathematician and astronomer

Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace

Often described as the world's first computer programmer

Florence Nightingale

A pioneer in the use of descriptive statistics

Susan Jane Cunningham

Contributed to the development of math dept at Swarthmore College

Christine Ladd-Franklin

Worked in the area of symbolic logic and color vision

Sonya Kovalevskaya

First woman to be awarded a doctorate degree in mathematics

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