Math Girls in Action
Hypatia of Alexandria
07 / 04 / 2017
Hypatia was a mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who is the earliest female mathematician known. Hypatia was the daughter of Theon of Alexandria who himself was a famous mathematician.
Hypatia was also a popular teacher and philosopher who had a loyal following of students and general population. There is a nice write up on Hypatia available here.
The established facts of Hypatia’s life as per the link are below:
(1) She was the daughter of Theon of Alexandria.
(2) She was trained as a mathematician by her father and eventually replaced him as the leading mathematician of Alexandria and, indeed as the pre-eminent mathematician of her time.
(3) She was the last major mathematician of the Alexandrian tradition.
(4) She studied and taught neo-Platonist philosophy, and astronomy, and was generally regarded as an excellent teacher.
(5) She died a particularly grisly death, probably in 415 CE, at the hands of a Christian mob. Some say her slaughter was instigated by Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria.
The 2009 movie Agora depicted Hypatia’s final years.
05 / 01 / 2015
Maryam Mirzakhani was a mathematician who became the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal in 2014. The Fields Medal is often regarded as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. All 52 previous winners of the Fields Medal have been men before 2014.
Dr. Mirzakhani was born in Iran and received her B.Sc. degree in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard and was a professor of mathematics at Princeton University. She is currently a Stanford University Professor of Mathematics.
Dr. Mirzakhani got international recognition as a teenager when she won gold medals at the 1994 and 1995 International Math Olympiads.
She originally wanted to be a writer but developed a strong passion for solving mathematical problems in high school. “It is fun – it’s like solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case,” she said. “I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path.”
Math Leaders – 21st century
02 / 12 / 2015
American Mathematical Society has featured these women mathematicians and their work which is very inspiring.
Abigail Thompson, University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Rutgers University
Melanie Wood, University of Wisconsin
Ph.D. Princeton University