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)
- The first issue of newsletter from the International Mathematical Union Committee for Women in Mathematics is now available at https://www.mathunion.org/fileadmin/CWM/Initiatives/CWMNewsletter1.pdf
- Congratulations to the U.S. team that took first place at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad held April 7-13, 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine against teams from 50 countries. The 2019 U.S. team members are Emma Qin (individual gold medal), Ishika Shah (individual gold medal), Janabel Xia (individual silver medal), and Catherine Wu (individual gold medal). This is the second times in the past three years that the U.S. team came in first in the Olympiad. For more information, see the press release from the Mathematical Association of America.
- Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck for being awarded the 2019 Abel Prize in mathematics from the Norwegian Academy of Science. She is the first woman to receive this prestigious award "for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics." The award ceremony will take place on May 21, 2019 in Oslo. For more information, see The Abel Prize website.
- Ana Humphrey, 18, of Alexandria, Virginia, won the top award in 2019 the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. She won for her mathematical model to determine the possible locations of exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — that may have been missed by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. For more information about her project and the Regeneron Science Talent Search, see the press release from the Society for Science and the Public.
- Baylor University dedicated a new bust to commemorate Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes, their first African-American faculty member (hired in 1966) and the fifth African-American woman to earn a PhD in mathematics. The ceremony was broadcast live on Baylor’s Facebook page on Tuesday, February 26th.
- The first Meeting for women mathematicians in Portugal (WM2) will take place at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa from 22th - 24th July 2019. The conference aims to cover, as broadly as possible, the diversity of interests of Portuguese women mathematicians. To this purpose the talks will explain the motivation of the problems discussed and focus on the main ideas. For more information, see the WM2 website.
- Two new books recently (or soon to be) published:
Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams, Race Point Publishing.
"Full-color volume that takes aim at the forgotten influence of women on the development of mathematics over the last two millennia."
Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians by Shelly M. Jones, to be published by the AMS.
"A children’s activity book featuring the important work, accomplishments and everyday lives of African American women mathematicians including the women from the book and movie Hidden Figures."
- The mathematics departments at the University of Washington and the University of Montana at Missoula recently established the Gloria Hewitt Graduate Scholarship in Mathematics in honor of Gloria Hewitt, a 1961 Ph.D. graduate of the University of Washington. A special celebration was held in March 2018 by the University of Montana where Professor Hewitt taught for 38 years. The scholarships provides support for master's and doctoral students in mathematics with a preference for students from underrepresented minorities. For more information, see the article in the Summer 2018 National Association of Mathematicians Newsletter, page 11.
- Congratulations to Ingrid Daubechies for winning the 2018 William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics. She is the first female recipient of this $100,000 prize that is given to recognize outstanding mathematical contributions that have had a direct and fundamental impact on scientific, business, finance and engineering applications. For more information see the press release from the City University of Hong Kong.
- Congratulations to Margaret Beck of Boston University for receiving the first AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year in recognition of her exceptional research on stability problems in partial differential equations and spatially extended dynamical systems. For more information, see the news release from the American Mathematical Society.
- In February 2018, women mathematicians from all over the world responded to a call for clips in which they were asked to introduce themselves. The result, a 14 minute video called "Faces of Women in Mathematics," includes 146 clips of 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries and speaking 31 different languages. Watch the 14 minute video here. A shorter 3 minute trailer can be viewed here. Supported by the Committee for Women in Mathematics of the International Mathematical Union. For more information, see the press release.
- In celebration of Women's History Month, the Notices of the American Mathematical Society and Women’s History Month guest editors Margaret A. Readdy and Christine Taylor present profiles of the first graduating class of women mathematicians from Princeton and twenty-seven contemporary women in math. Read the profiles in the March 2018 issue of the AMS Notices, Volume 65, No. 3, pages 248-303.
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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