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Famous Female Mathematicians

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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 recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is regarded as the first computer programmer. Lovelace was born 10 December 1815 as the only child of the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 37 (1815-1852)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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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 machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first high-level programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches. Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (350-415)

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (1914-1979)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

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