Agnes Scott College

Alexandra Bellow



Born in Bucharest, Romania. Received her Ph.D. from Yale in 1959 with a dissertation on Ergodic Theory of Random Series. Worked in the area of ergodic theory and probability. Became the first woman full professor of mathematics at Northwestern University in 1968, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1996 after a distinguished career.

Read her autobiographic essay "Flashbacks of a Mathematical Life" from the September 2016 issue of the Notices of the American Math Society.

Profile from the AWM Noether Lectures.


  1. Bellow, Alexandra. "Flashback of a Mathematical Life," Notices, American Mathematical Society, Vol. 63, No. 8 (2016), 931-934.
  2. Koumoutsos, Niki. Alexandra Bellow full-length interview, May 2015 Newsletter for the Northwestern University Mathematics Department.
  3. Author Profile at zbMath
  4. MathSciNet [subscription required]
  5. The Mathematics Genealogy Project