Welcome to the web site for biographies of women in mathematics. These pages are part
of an on-going project at Agnes Scott College
in Atlanta, Georgia, to
illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics.
Here you can find biographical essays or comments
welcome contributions of biographical information or essays from those outside Agnes
Scott College. If you are interested in contributing an essay, please send your
contribution to the email address below. Comments, suggestions, or
corrections can also be sent to this address.
Did you know? (See the Archive for past announcements)
- A 2016 video from Nova's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers features Danica McKellar talking about how math helped her to discover that she is so much more than the child actress who played Winnie Cooper.
- Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer won the gold medal in the women's road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But she also has a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, England and a PhD in applied mathematics from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Kiesenhofer is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and is part of a group researching nonlinear partial differential equations which arise in mathematical physics. For more information, see her Wikipedia entry.
- Congratulations to Melanie Matchett Wood of Harvard University who has been named a co-recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Alan T. Waterman Award for “fundamental contributions in number theory, algebraic geometry, topology, and probability.” She is the first woman mathematician to receive the honor. For more information, see the August 2021 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
- From the June/July 2021 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (page 1046): "The Regeneron Science Talent Search was held virtually in March 2021. The following young scientists, whose work involves the mathematical sciences, are among the top winners in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search. Yunseo Choi, eighteen, of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, was awarded first place for her project, “On Two-Sided Matching in Infinite Markets,” in which she studied matching algorithms that work for a finite number of couples and determined which import-ant properties would still work for an infinite number of pairs. Matching theory has numerous real-life applications, including matching organ donors to recipients, assigning medical school applicants to rotations, and pairing poten-tial couples in dating apps. Choi received a cash award of US$250,000." (Also see the next item about Yunseo Choi)
- Congratulations to Team USA (Serena An, Yunseo Choi, Sanjana Das, Jessica Wan) for winning 2nd place in the 2021 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad. All four students also received individual gold medals. The competition again took place virtually April 9-15 with 55 teams and 213 girls competing. For more information, see the MAA press release, and to see the problems from the 2021 competition, visit the EGMO website.
- The May 2021 newsletter of the International Mathematical Union Committee for Women in Mathematics is available at https://www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/CWM/Initiatives/CWMNewsletter5.pdf.
- The mission of the website Meet a Mathematician is to "share stories of mathematicians from different backgrounds, especially from historically excluded groups." The site includes many short videos of interviews with women mathematicians.
- The movie Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani. You can watch the trailer at the film's website and read the film's synopsis and production information on the 59 minute film.
AWM Biographies Contest
To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical
sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics sponsors an essay
contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and
statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. This
contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8,
Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM website. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter. For more information and to see the results of past Essay Contests, go to https://awm-math.org/awards/student-essay-contest/.
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