Some Pioneering Women
Women in Math

Using Biographies of Women Mathematicians (, answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper:

1. Hypatia is credited as being the first woman mathematician. When did she live? Describe her work.

2. Ada Byron Lovelace is credited with having written the first computer program.

  • There is another important connection between Ada and computer science. What it is?

  • Visit The ADA Project ( and explain briefly what the ADA Project is all about. Summarize one article that you find at this site or through one of its links.

3. Return to Biographies of Women Mathematicians. Who was the first woman awarded a Ph.D. in mathematics in the United States? What university awarded the degree?

4. Florence Nightingale is remembered for reforming hospital sanitation practices and modernizing nursing activities to support proper sanitation and prevent disease and infection. Did you know she was one of the first people to use statistics to support her arguments for reform? Investigate how Florence Nightingale used statistics and what mathematical inventions she created.

5. Commodore Grace Murray Hopper's motto was "Dare and Do!" Describe some of the many contributions she made during her long and distinguished career.

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