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Great Women of Mathematics


The highlighted names in the following sections link to more in-depth information about the lives of these Great Women of Mathematics from the Biographies of Women Mathematicians site at Agnes Scott College.

Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria

Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in 4th & 5th century Egypt, recognized for her commentaries on prominent mathematical works of her time

Book on Display:

Hypatia of Alexandria : mathematician and martyr / Michael A.B. Deakin

QA29.H88 D43 2007 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Other Books:

Hypatia of Alexandria / Maria Dzielska; translated by F. Lyra

B667.H84 D95 1995 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799)

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Italian mathematician, philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, best known for her seminal text on mathematical analysis, Analytical Institutions

Book on Display:

A biography of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, an eighteenth-century woman mathematician / Antonella Cupillari

QA29.A28 C87 2007 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Other Books:

The world of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, mathematician of God / Massimo Mazzotti

QA29.A28 M39 2007 - Math/Stat Library

Sophie Germain (1776-1831)

Sophie Germain

French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who made significant contributions to the fields of number theory and theory of elasticity; first woman to participate in sessions at the French Academy of Sciences

Book on Display:

Prime mystery : the life and mathematics of Sophie Germain / Dora E. Musielak

QA29.G47 M87 2015 - Math/Stat Library

Other Books:

Sophie Germain : an essay in the history of the theory of elasticity / Louis L. Bucciarelli and Nancy Dworsky

QA931 .B77 - Math/Stat Library

Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace (1815-1852)

Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace (1815-1852)

English mathematician, scientist, and writer, known as the "prophet of the computer age" for her visionary ideas regarding the potential uses of computational machines

Book on Display:

The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage / Sydney Padua

PN6737.P34 T48 2015 - Engineering Library

Other Books:

Ada : a life and a legacy / Dorothy Stein

QA29.L72 S741 1985 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Ada's algorithm : how Lord Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace launched the digital age / James Essinger

QA29.L72 E87 2014 - Engineering Library

The calculating passion of Ada Byron / Joan Baum

QA29.L72 B381 1986 - Math/Stat Library

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

Florence Nightingale

English social reformer, nurse, and statistician who employed new techniques of statistical analysis in her efforts to ameliorate unsanitary hospital conditions

Book on Display:

Florence Nightingale : the making of an icon / Mark Bostridge

RT37.N5 B67 2008 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Other Books:

Nightingales : the extraordinary upbringing and curious life of Miss Florence Nightingale / Gillian Gill

RT37.N5 G556 2004 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

No place for ladies : the untold story of women in the Crimean War / Helen Rappaport

DK215.95 .R37 2007 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891)

Sofia Kovalevskaya

Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to the fields of analysis, partial differential equations, and mechanics

Book on Display:

The mathematics of Sonya Kovalevskaya / Roger Cooke

QA300.C65 1984 - Math/Stat Library

Other Books:

A convergence of lives : Sofia Kovalevskaia, scientist, writer, revolutionary / Ann Hibner Koblitz

QA29.K67 K6 1983 - Math/Stat Library

Little sparrow : a portrait of Sophia Kovalevsky / Don H. Kennedy

QA29.K67 .K46 1983 - Math/Stat Library

Love and mathematics : Sofya Kovalevskaya / Pelageya Kochina; edited by A. Yu. Ishlinsky and Z.K. Sokolovskaya; translated from the Russian by Michael Burov

QA29.K67 K63131 1985 - Math/Stat Library

A Russian childhood / Sofya Kovalevskaya; translated, edited, and introduced by Beatrice Stillman; with an analysis of Kovalevskaya's Mathematics by P. Y. Kochina

QA29.K67 A3513 - Math/Stat Library

Emmy Amalie Noether (1882-1935)

Emmy Amalie Noether

German mathematician known for her landmark contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics

Book on Display:

Emmy Noether's wonderful theorem / Dwight E. Neuenschwander

QC174.17.S9 N48 2011 - Physics Library

Other Books:

Emmy Noether, 1882-1935 / Auguste Dick; translated by H. I. Blocher

QA29.N6 .D513 - Math/Stat Library

Gesammelte Abhandlungen = Collected papers / Emmy Noether; herausgegeben von N. Jacobson

QA3 .N632 1983 - Math/Stat Library

Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890-1980)

Euphemia Lofton Haynes

American mathematician and educator, first African-American woman to earn a PhD in mathematics

Book on Display:

Determination of sets of independent conditions characterizing certain special cases of symmetric correspondences / Euphemia Lofton Haynes

QA603.H3 - NRLF

Other Books:

Change is possible : stories of women and minorities in mathematics (p.93-99) / Patricia Clark Kenschaft

QA10.5 .K46 2005 - Math/Stat Library

Mary Cartwright (1900-1998)

Mary Cartwright

British mathematician known for her research in analytic function theory and for the distinction of being the first woman mathematician elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of England

Book on Display:

Integral functions / Mary Lucy Cartwright

QA351.C34 - NRLF

Other Books:

Cambridge scientific minds (p.282-298) / edited by Peter Harman and Simon Mitton

Q141 .C1283 2002 - Main (Gardner) Stacks

Katherine Johnson (1918- )

Katherine Johnson

American physicist and mathematician who played a major role in the US space program

Book on Display:

‚ÄčHidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly

QA27.5.L44 2016 - Math/Stat Library

Other Books:

Black women scientists in the United States (p.140-147) / Wini Warren

Q141 .W367 1999 - Main (Gardner) Stacks