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

1706-12-17 00:00:00

Emilie du Châtelet

French mathematician, physicist, and author

1718-05-16 00:00:00

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Wrote first book discussing both differential and integral calculus

1750-03-16 00:00:00

Caroline Herschel

A prominent observational astronomer

1776-04-01 00:00:00

Sophie Germain

Worked on number theory and Fermat's Last Theorem

1780-12-26 00:00:00

Mary Fairfax Somerville

A Scottish science writer, mathematician and astronomer

1815-12-10 00:00:00

Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace

Often described as the world's first computer programmer

1820-05-12 00:00:00

Florence Nightingale

A pioneer in the use of descriptive statistics

1832-04-01 00:00:00

Mary Everest Boole

Self-taught mathematician and progressive educator

1842-03-23 00:00:00

Susan Jane Cunningham

Contributed to the development of math dept at Swarthmore College

1847-12-01 00:00:00

Christine Ladd-Franklin

Worked in the area of symbolic logic and color vision

1850-01-15 00:00:00

Sonya Kovalevskaya

First woman to be awarded a doctorate degree in mathematics

1851-09-23 00:00:00

Ellen Amanda Hayes

Math professor at Wellesley College and an ardent Socialist

1857-08-26 00:00:00

Ida Martha Metcalf

Second American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics

1858-06-08 00:00:00

Charlotte Angas Scott

FIrst English woman to obtain a doctorate in mathematics

1858-08-10 00:00:00

Anna Haywood Cooper

Author, educator, and prominent African-American scholar

1862-09-24 00:00:00

Winifred Edgerton Merrill

FIrst American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics

1868-03-15 00:00:00

Grace Chisholm Young

The first woman to officially receive a math Ph.D. in Germany

1869-08-07 00:00:00

Mary Frances Winston Newson

First US woman to receive a math Ph.D. from a European university

1873-11-25 00:00:00

Anna Irwin Young

Beloved math professor at Agnes Scott College

1881-02-01 00:00:00

Mayme Logsdon

First faculty math professor at the University of Chicago

1882-03-23 00:00:00

Emmy Noether

One of the greatest algebraists of the 20th century

1883-02-10 00:00:00

Edith Clarke

First woman elected to the Amer. Inst. of Electrical Engineers

1883-05-05 00:00:00

Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler

First woman to give the Colloquium Lectures at the AMS meetings

1889-07-24 00:00:00

Agnes Meyer Driscoll

The first lady of naval cryptology

1890-09-11 00:00:00

Euphemia Lofton Haynes

First African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics

1893-09-28 00:00:00

Hilda Geiringer von Mises

A pioneering applied mathematician

1894-04-09 00:00:00

Cecilia Krieger

First woman to earn a math Ph.D. from a Canadian University

1897-02-02 00:00:00

Gertrude Blanch

A pioneer in numerical analysis and computation

1900-01-13 00:00:00

Gertrude Mary Cox

A leader in the promotion of modern statistical methods

1900-12-17 00:00:00

Mary Lucy Cartwright

One of the early founders of chaos theory

1902-08-02 00:00:00

Mina Rees

Headed the math department of the Office of Naval Research

1904-09-27 00:00:00

Sophie Piccard

First woman named a full professor in a Swiss university

1906-08-30 00:00:00

Olga Taussky-Todd

Influential in the fields of matrix theory and number theory

1906-11-06 00:00:00

Emma Trotskaia Lehmer

Helped develop experimental and computational number theory

1906-12-09 00:00:00

Grace Hopper

A pioneer in the field of computer science

1908-08-09 00:00:00

Mary G. Ross

First Native American female engineer

1909-08-23 00:00:00

Florence Nightingale David

Made important contributions to mathematical theory of statistics

1912-10-01 00:00:00

Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw

British mathematician and politician

1914-04-11 00:00:00

Dorothy Lewis Bernstein

First woman to be President of the Mathematical Assoc. of America

1914-09-09 00:00:00

Marjorie Lee Browne

One of 2 African-American women to receive a Ph.D. in math in1949

1915-06-18 00:00:00

Alice Turner Schafer

One of the founders of the Assoc. for Women in Mathematics

1917-05-01 00:00:00

Jessie MacWilliams

Pioneer in the mathematics of coding theory

1919-12-08 00:00:00

Julia Bowman Robinson

First woman to be president of the American Math Society

1921-07-01 00:00:00

Deboarh Tepper Haimo

Strong supporter for increasing number of women in mathematics

1923-05-05 00:00:00

Cathleen Morawetz

First woman to receive a National Medal of Science in math

1924-05-01 00:00:00

Evelyn Boyd Granville

One of 2 African-American women to receive a Ph.D. in math ni 1949

1924-12-07 00:00:00

Mary Ellen Rudin

One of the leading topologists of the 20th century

1927-05-21 00:00:00

Lida Barrett

Mathematician with an extensive record of service to mathematics

1932-12-16 00:00:00

Grace Alele Williams

First Nigerian woman to receive a PhD in mathematics

1934-08-13 00:00:00

Lesley Sibner

One of the initial Fellows of the American Math Society

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