16/09/2021

Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Postgraduate

The Most Famous Female Mathematicians to Inspire Students

Some of the world’s most famous mathematicians are women, yet they’re often overlooked in history. By empowering girls from a young age and challenging stereotypes, we can begin to change the way the world views gender equality. Working as a maths teacher is one of the ways you could transform young lives and alter their thinking. Being a female mathematician could inspire the new generation of budding brainiacs.

We believe in training teachers who can inspire the next generation. So, here’s a look at some of the most famous female mathematicians that will transform the way that women are perceived.

Top 10 female mathematicians to inspire pupils

  1. Hypatia – an Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician
  2. Sophie Germain – an 18th-century mathematician obsessed with number theory and calculus
  3. Caroline Herschel – the first woman to receive the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal in 1828
  4. Ada Lovelace – a Victorian computer pioneer known as “The Enchantress of Numbers”
  5. Sofia Kovalevskaya – the first female to gain a northern European professorship in mathematics
  6. Emmy Noether – described by Albert Einstein as “the most creative and significant female maths genius of all time”
  7. Florence Nightingale – a revolutionary in the nursing profession and also a pioneer in the use of statistics
  8. Joan Clarke – the only female code-breaker at Bletchley Park
  9. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – the detector of the first radio pulsar in the late 1960s
  10. Radia Perlman – a computer algorithm expert who helped to create the internet

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