5 Famous Female Mathematicians You Should Know

[H]ere are Whizz Education’s top five female mathematicians you should know about.

1. Hypatia (born c. 350–370; died 415 AD)

Her efforts saw her become one of the leading mathematicians and astronomers of her time and she was eventually named the head of the prestigious Platonist School in Alexandria, where she taught mathematics, philosophy and astronomy.

2. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

While better known for her heroics as a nurse during the Crimean War, Nightingale is also considered one of history’s most famous female mathematicians.
The data she gathered indicated that poor sanitation was the key cause of deaths within hospitals and her research was a driving force behind a sharp decline in preventable deaths in both military and civilian healthcare facilities during the 19th century.

3. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)

A giant in the world of STEM, Ada Lovelace not only holds the honour of being one of the most famous women in maths history, but she is also recognised as the first-ever computer programmer of any gender.

4. Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916)

A self-taught mathematician, Gloucestershire-born Boole is best remembered for her seminal works on the teaching of mathematics to young children.

Many of the practices we still use in the classroom, including the use of maths manipulatives and cooperative learning, can be traced back to this famous female mathematician. An amazing feat for a woman whose father forced her to drop out of school at age 11.

5. Amalie Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935)

Her crowning achievement came in 1919 when she published Noether’s Theorem, which is considered by some academics to be as important as Einstein’s theory of relativity.



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