American Female Mathematicians

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 1 Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States
Died: February 24, 2020
Katherine Johnson was a physicist and mathematician, remembered as the first African-American female NASA scientist. Her calculations helped launch the space missions of Alan Shepard and John Glenn. She was crucial to the Apollo program and won a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her achievements.

 2 Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States
Died: February 11, 2005

American mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson went down in history as the first African-American woman to work as a NASA engineer. Initially a math teacher, she later joined NACA under Dorothy Vaughan and contributed to countless American space programs at a time when racial segregation was the norm.

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 3 Dorothy Vaughan

Dorothy Vaughan.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: November 10, 2008

American mathematician Dorothy Vaughan was also known as a "human computer." Initially a math teacher, she became the first African-American supervisor of NACA, later part of NASA, at a time when racial segregation was rampant in the U.S. Her contribution to the early American space programs is invaluable.

 4 Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson.
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher, Scientist
Birthdate: December 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: July 30, 1985

 5 Ingrid Daubechies

Ingrid Daubechies.
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houthalen-Helchteren

Belgian-born physicist Ingrid Daubechies was a prodigy of sorts and had started dealing with complicated mathematical concepts before turning 6. She grew up to work at the AT&T Bell Laboratories and also taught at Princeton. She is best known for her research on wavelets and image-compression technology.

 6 Dina Katabi

Dina Katabi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 7 Jean Bartik

Jean Bartik
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Famous As: Computer software pioneer
Birthdate: December 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alanthus Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: March 23, 2011
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 8 Evelyn Boyd Granville

Evelyn Boyd Granville
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 9 Euphemia Haynes

Euphemia Lofton Haynes
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 1980 AD

 10 Christine Ladd-Franklin

Christine Ladd-Franklin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 11 Agnes Meyer Driscoll

Agnes Meyer Driscoll
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Famous As: Cryptologist
Birthdate: July 24, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Illinois, United States
Died: September 16, 1971

 12 Etta Zuber Falconer

Etta Zuber Falconer
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: November 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: September 19, 2002

 13 Jenny Harrison

Jenny Harrison
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 14 Helen Almira Shafer

Helen Almira Shafer
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 23, 1839
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 20, 1894

 15 Carol Schumacher

Carol Schumacher
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: La Paz, Bolivia