HISTORY: Integrating Mathematics

Science  14 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5784, pp. 151
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5784.151d

When officials at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, announced their math graduate fellowship in 1876, they were thrilled to offer admission to “C. Ladd”—not realizing that the “C” stood for “Christine.” Thanks to the support of a powerful professor, Christine Ladd-Franklin (1847–1930) continued her studies at the school even though it was closed to women, and her later work on symbolic logic and visual optics was so well regarded that she merited an obituary in Science (21 March 1930, p. 307). Read more of Ladd-Franklin's story and those of other women mathematicians at this site from math professor Lawrence Riddle of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Brief biographies, some penned by students at the college, portray more than 190 numerically gifted women from as far back as the 6th century B.C.E.

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