On this page you will find some general sources for biographies of women mathematicians. Please let us know if you are aware of other good sources which might be included.
Here is a geographic index (by location of birth).
The website also has a wonderful bibliography section which currently lists over 450 articles and books about women in mathematics, many of them biographies of individual women.
This webpage has been created by Larry Riddle of the college.
by João Batista do Nascimento (2013)
Article entitled “Some women from the history of mathematics” (Portuguese).
A talk by Caroline Series (1996) about the lives of some British women mathematicians.
An exhibition of paintings about women scientists. The source of inspiration was the scientific theme each of these women worked on. They are represented on 12 canvas 1x1m together with a brief explanation about the subject and the scientist in question. See also here.
This archive contains details of the approximately 2500 women who graduated in mathematics from universities in Britain and Ireland before 1940. It is also part of the St Andrews site.
This list is part of the St Andrews University History of Maths website. Pages created by John O’Connor and Edmund F Robertson of University of St Andrews (Scotland) Mathematics Department.
Article by Frank Wang, arxiv 2009.
“The general public has been made aware of the research field of “chaos” by the book of that title by James Gleick. This paper will focus on the achievements of Sonya Kovalevskaya, Mary Cartwright, and Mary Tsingou, whose pioneer works were not mentioned in Gleick’s book.”
This is a wide-ranging library of books written by and about women who studied or worked in mathematical subjects in the nineteenth and first part of the twentieth century, or earlier. It is held in the library of the London Mathematical Society. It is named in honour of Philippa Fawcett, who in 1890 came top in the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. Since women could not be ranked alongside men, Fawcett was described as ‘above the Senior Wrangler’.
This is another good source of information, if rather random in the women who are featured.
Edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell
Greenwood press, 1987
“This collection includes biographic sketches and bibliographies of 43 women mathematicians ranging from Hypatia (370-415) to Grace Murray Hopper (1906-). ….A major contribution to the history of mathematics and of women.”
The exhibition, opening July 2016, offers a glimpse into the world of mathematics through photographs (by Noel Tovia Matoff) and excerpts of interviews (by Sylvie Paycha and Sara Azzali) of thirteen women mathematicians throughout Europe. The website provides a platform for contact, exchange and mutual assistance.
European commission, 2009
This e-audio- book contains accounts of the lives of many female scientists.
Presented by the San Diego Supercomputer (1997). A pdf version is available through the link. This book contains an excellent biobliography for further reading.
A forthcoming book series published by Springer (2017). The history of women’s contributions to philosophy and the sciences dates back to the very beginnings of these disciplines. The Springer Series Women Philosophers and Scientists provide a platform for scholarship and research on these distinctive topics.