Maryam Mirzakhani

A professor of mathematics at Stanford University, Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani is one of the leading researchers in the field of complex geodesics and their closures in moduli space.

Frances “Poppy” Northcutt

Making the decision to major in mathematics in college was two-fold for Frances “Poppy” Montgomery first she had an aptitude for the subject but she also had an eye on her future employment opportunities. Knowing that mathematics was still considered a man’s job she went into it thinking that it would open careers that would keep her out of what was considered traditionally women’s work.

Wang Zhenyi

Wang Zhenyi was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, and poet born in 1768 and despite the social philosophy of the time she was an avid reader and thinker.

Mary Cartwright

Mary Cartwright was one of only five women studying mathematics at Oxford after World War I, and she went on to help found chaos theory.

Marti J. Anderson

A rare combination of what she considers two very different style disciplines, Dr. Marti J. Anderson has found her place bringing together the worlds of ecology and statistical analysis.

Virginia Tucker

Virginia Tucker was one of five women hired into the “computer pool” at the NACA, before leading the human computers at NASA.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a child prodigy who became a celebrated mathematician, though that wasn’t her first choice.

Florence Nightingale

You might think you know the story of Florence Nightingale as a pioneer in the nursing profession, but did you know she was also a brilliant statistician?

Susan Jane Cunningham

Susan Jane Cunningham was integral to the building of the mathematics and astronomy departments at the newly founded Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1869.

Charlotte Angas Scott

Dr. Charlotte Angas Scott spent her lifetime challenging the status quo in regards to women in mathematics and was able to help pave the way for many female mathematicians.

Radia Perlman

You can call Radia Perlman a pioneer in computer science, an visionary in networking, and a innovator in teaching children programming – but don’t call her the “Mother of the Internet”.

Evelyn Boyd Granville

May 1st marks the birthday of mathematician and educator Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville, a native of Washington D.C., one of the first African-American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics, and computer programmer for various space missions.

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