About Emmy Noether
Contributed to theoretical physics by revolutionizing algebra, ring, and field theories. Norbert Wiener and other mathematicians called her the most important female figure in the history of mathematics.
She studied math at the University of Erlangen and wrote her dissertation in 1907.
She was not permitted to teach math at the University of Gottingen.
Family of Emmy Noether
Her father was Jewish mathematician Max Noether.
Close associates of Emmy Noether
Albert Einstein also called her the most important woman in the history of math.
About Emilie Duchatelet
French mathematician and physicist who is best known for her translation of Issac Newton s Principia Mathematica.
She was formally educated and was considered a mathematical prodigy at a young age.
She published a scientific paper on heat and light in 1737.
Family of Emilie Duchatelet
She married Marquis Florent-Claude du Chastellet-Lomont on June 12, 1725 when she was 18, and they had three children together.
Close associates of Emilie Duchatelet
She had a close relationship with Candide author Voltaire.
About Evelyn Boyd Granville
Known for her work for IBM and the United States Space Technology Laboratories, she was among the first women of African heritage to earn a mathematics Ph.D. from an American university.
After graduating from Washington D.C. s Dunbar High school as class valedictorian, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Smith College in Massachusetts. She later earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University.
A professor as well as a computer programmer and mathematician, she taught at Fisk University, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Tyler.
Family of Evelyn Boyd Granville
She was raised in Washington, D.C. by her aunt and mother.
Close associates of Evelyn Boyd Granville
She was a contemporary of Hungarian mathematician Imre Lakatos.
About Brook Taylor
English mathematician chiefly responsible for the creation of the calculus tools Taylor s theorem and Taylor series. His work would later be described by Joseph-Louis Lagrange as “the main foundation of differential calculus.”
He attended St. John s College, Cambridge where he was mentored by John Machin and John Keill.
He was elected to the Royal Society in 1712 and later acted as their secretary between 1714 and 1718.
Family of Brook Taylor
He was born in Edmonton, England. He married Miss Brydges of Wallington, Surrey in 1721, but she and his son died upon his birth. He remarried to Sabetta Sawbridge who also died in childbirth with his daughter Elizabeth. He died at only 46 in November 1731.
Close associates of Brook Taylor
He sat on the committee at the Royal Society during the adjudicating of Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz.
About Cecile Dewitt-Morette
Mathematician and physicist who founded a summer school at Les Houches in the French Alps. She was awarded the American Society of the French Legion of Honor Medal in 2007.
She studied math at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
She became a trustee in 1953 of the Gravity Research Foundation.
Family of Cecile Dewitt-Morette
She had four children with her physicist husband Bryce DeWitt.
Close associates of Cecile Dewitt-Morette
She was influenced by Albert Einstein.
About Dorothy Vaughan
Mathematician most well known for her work with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She would become the first African-American woman to be head of personnel at the NACA.
She was working as a mathematics teacher at R.R. Moton High School when Executive Orders 8802 and 9346 were passed, allowing her to be hired to the NACA.
She was assigned to West Area Computers upon joining NACA, a spanision segregated due to the Virginia Jim Crow laws. Despite this, she was made acting head of the spanision in 1949, though she didn t receive the official title for many years thereafter.
Family of Dorothy Vaughan
She and her husband Howard had six children together. One of her four children would eventually go on to work at NASA.
Close associates of Dorothy Vaughan
In 2016, the film Hidden Figures documented her career at NASA. She was depicted by actress Octavia Spencer.