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List of famous female mathematicians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female mathematicians list contains the most prominent and top females known for being mathematicians. There are thousand of females working as mathematicians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic mathematicians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a mathematician then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list contains people like Judith Grabiner and Cecilia Krieger.

While this isn't a list of all female mathematicians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female mathematicians?" and "Who are the best female mathematicians?"
Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Mathematicians
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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer

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#11 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Mathematicians
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Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and the one of those who popularized the idea of ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist

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#13 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Mathematicians
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Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy. According to contemporary sources, Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob after being ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (350-415)

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher, Astronomer

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#10 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Marjorie Lee Browne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Mathematicians
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Marjorie Lee Browne was a noted mathematics educator. She was one of the first African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics. ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1914-1979)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Mathematician, Professor

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