Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's

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More than 14 percent of the PhD's awarded in the United States during the first four decades of the twentieth century went to women, a proportion not achieved again until the 1980s. This book is the result of a study in which the authors identified all of the American women who earned PhD's in mathematics before 1940, and collected extensive biographical and bibliographical information about each of them. By reconstructing as complete a picture as possible of this group of women, Green and LaDuke reveal insights into the larger scientific and cultural communities in which they lived and worked. The book contains an extended introductory essay, as well as biographical entries for each of the 228 women in the study. The authors examine family backgrounds, education, careers, and other professional activities. They show that there were many more women earning PhD's in mathematics before 1940 than is commonly thought. Extended biographies and bibliographical information are available from the companion website for the book: www.ams.org/bookpages/hmath-34. The material will be of interest to researchers, teachers, and students in mathematics, history of mathematics, history of science, women's studies, and sociology. The data presented about each of the 228 individual members of the group will support additional study and analysis by scholars in a large number of disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821843765
  • Publisher: American Mathematical Society
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Series: History of Mathematics Series , #34
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

List of Biographical Entries

Ch. 1 Introduction

Ch. 2 Family Background and Precollege Education

Ch. 3 Undergraduate Education

Ch. 4 Graduate Education

Ch. 5 Employment Issues

Ch. 6 Career Patterns

Ch. 7 Scholarly and Professional Contributions

Ch. 8 Epilogue

Biographical Entries

Abbreviations

Archives and Manuscript Collections

Selected Bibliography

Index to the Essay

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

    Fascinating history of women mathematicians

    Meticulously researched, this book offers an in-depth look at a particular group of interesting women: those who obtained the Ph.D. in mathematics before 1940. The brief biographical entry for each of the 228 women is more a well-written and appreciative "portrait" than a mere listing of historical facts. As a whole, the entries provide the rich background from which the authors draw historical overviews and conclusions about the accomplishments (both great and mundane) of these women. Some of these women became famous; many did not. The surprisingly readable and accessible essay by LaDuke and Green puts these women into historical perspective. It is great fun to refer to the individual entries that augment and reinforce the authors' conclusions. The work (and the accompanying free website that gives even more biographical and bibliographical detail) is a brilliant piece of research and scholarship.

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