Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary

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Charlene Morrow, Teri Perl
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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This volume features substantive biographical essays on 59 women from around the world who have made significant contributions to mathematics from antiquity to the present. Designed for secondary school students and the general public, each profile describes major life events, obstacles faced and overcome, educational and career milestones--including a discussion of mathematical research in non-technical terms--and interests outside of 2 promotics. Although the collection includes historical women, the emphasis is on contemporary mathematicians, many of whom have not been profiled in any previous work. The work also celebrates the contributions of minority women, including 10 African-American, Latina, and Asian mathematicians.

Written by practicing mathematicians, teachers and researchers, these profiles give voice to the variety of pathways into mathematics that women have followed and the diversity of areas in which mathematics can work. Many profiles draw on interviews with the subject, and each includes a short list of suggested reading by and about the mathematician. Most mathematicians profiled stress the value, importance, and enjoyment of collaborative research, contradicting the prevailing notion that doing good mathematics requires isolation. This collection provides not only a substantial number of role models for girls interested in a career in mathematics, but also a unique depiction of a field that can offer a lifetime of challenge and enjoyment.

 

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Contents

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
1
Andrea Bertozzi
6
Lenore Blum
11
Sylvia Bozeman
17
Marjorie Lee Browne
21
Leone Burton
25
Fan King Chung
29
Ingrid Daubechies
34
Emmy Noether
152
Karen Parshall
157
Bernadetter PerrinRiou
161
Harriet Pollatsek
164
Cheryl Praeger
169
Mina Spiegel Rees
174
Ida Rhodes
180
Julia Bowman Robinson
185

Emilie de Breteuil du Chatelet
38
Etta Zuber Falconer
43
Joan Feigenbaum
47
Elizabeth Fennema
51
Herta Taussig Freitag
56
Sophie Germain
62
Evelyn Boyd Granville
66
Mary Gray
71
Gloria Conyers Hewitt
76
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper
80
Rhonda Hughes
85
Joan Hutchinson
90
Hypatia
94
Nancy Kopell
98
Sofya KorvinKrukovskaya Kovalevskaya
102
Christine LaddFranklin
107
Anneli Lax
113
Gilah Chaya Vanderhoek Leder
118
Emma Trotskaya Lehmer
123
Ada Augusta Byron Lovelace
128
Vivienne MaloneMayes
133
Dusa Waddington McDuff
137
MarieLouise Michelsohn
142
Cathleen Synge Morawetz
147
Judith Roitman
190
Mary Ellen Rudin
195
Mary Beth Ruskai
200
Cora Sadosky
204
Alice Turner Schafer
209
Doris Wood Schattschneider
214
Charlotte Angas Scott
219
Marjorie Wikler Senechal
225
Lesley Milman Sibner
229
Mary Fairfax Grieg Somerville
233
Pauline Sperry
238
Alicia Boole Stott
242
Olga TausskyTodd
246
Jean Taylor
252
ChuuLian Terng
257
Karen Uhlenbeck
261
Marion Walter
267
Sylvia Young Wiegand
272
Grace Chisholm Young
277
Dates of Birth
283
Countries of Employment and Origin
285
Index
289
About the Editors and Contributors
295
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CHARLENE MORROW is Co-Director of SummerMath, a six-week program for high school girls at Mount Holyoke College, past president and current co-Executive Director of Women and Mathematics Education, and Chair of the Comprehensive Mathematics Education for Every Child Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented and written extensively on effective learning approaches and educational environments for girls and women.

TERI PERL is a consultant in education and technology with Teri Perl Associates. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books on women and mathematics, Math Equals (1978) and Women and Numbers (1993), and has also written a number of other educational books and materials for teachers. As co-founder of The Learning Company, Dr. Perl helped create several award-winning software packages in mathematics education and continues to be involved in teacher development at both the pre-service and in-service levels.

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