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)
- Congratulations to Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska, a professor and chair of number theory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, for being awarded a 2022 Field Medal. She is only the second woman to win a Fields Medal. To read more about Viazovska and her work in mathematics, see the online article from Quanta Magazine.
- The story of Gertrude Blanch and the Mathematical Tables Project is told in a new audio drama called "Add, Subtract, Unite, Divide" that has just been released by the HWMS Audio Theatre. Read about Blanch in this MAA Blog by David Alan Grier.
- MAA AMC Honors Young Women For Top Mathematics Performance. Read the article in the July 2022 MAA Focus online magazine.
- Mathematician-poet Sandra DeLozier Coleman has published with Bohannon Hall Press the book Mathematician with the Soul of a Poet: Poems and Plays of Sofia Kovalevskaya which includes the first English translations of nine poems and two plays written by Sofia Kovalevskaya, along with extensive commentary and biographical analysis.
- Congratulations to the USA European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad team for winning first place among 57 teams in the 2022 competition. Jessica Wan, Isabella Zhu, and Vivian Loh earned gold medals and Kaylee Ji earned a silver medal for their individual performances. This is second time that the USA team has won first place. See the entry below about their appearance on the Curious Cube video blog. For more information, see the MAA Press Release or the article about them in the July 2022 MAA Focus online magazine.
- Episode 7 of the Curious Cube video blog from the Mathematical Association of America hosts a special episode featuring the 2022 USA European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad team. Learn more about the EGMO (April 6-12, hosted in Hungary this year) and get the inside scoop on this year's team by watching this YouTube video.
- The March 2022 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society has an article about how Milena Harned published her first professional, peer-reviewed mathematics paper at the age of 16. Read about "One Teen’s Journey from Local Math Club to Professional Publication" by Scott Hershberger.
- Maria J. Esteban of the Université Paris Dauphine has been awarded the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences for 2021. Her work specializes in nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications in fluid mechanics and quantum physics and chemistry. She received her PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 1981 under the direction of Pierre-Louis Lions. She is director of research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). She has been president of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and of Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles and chair of the Applied Mathematics Committee of the European Mathematical Society. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Basque Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. She was awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession (2019) and the Prix Jacques-Louis Lions of the French Academy of Sciences and was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. (Announcement from the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 69, No. 2 (February 2022), p300.)
- Helena Nussenzveig Lopes of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro received the 2022 Award in Mathematics from The World Academy of Sciences "for her contribution to the rigorous mathematical analysis of incompressible fluid flow models at or near turbulent regimes." She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. She was a member of the faculty of the University of Campinas from 1992 to 2012, when she moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she headed the mathematics department from 2014 to 2016. She is a Fellow of the AMS and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). (Announcement from the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 69, No. 2 (February 2022), p302.)
- Congratulations to Byrna Kra, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor at Northwestern University, who has been elected as the next president of the American Mathematical Society. Kra will be only the fifth woman to be president of the AMS since its founding in 1889, but the third consecutive woman to hold the position when she takes office in February 2023 for a two year term, following Jill Pipher (Brown University) and Ruth Charney (Brandeis University). Read more about Byrna Kra in a 2020 article in Quanta Magazine.
- 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.
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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