Women Mathematicians

Throughout history, there have been many women mathematicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female mathematicians such as Ada Lovelace, Shakuntala Devi, Emmy Noether, Sophie Germain, Maria Gaetana Agnesi.The women mathematicians featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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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 Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi
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Famous As: Human Computer
Birthdate: November 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: April 21, 2013

A child prodigy who was never formally educated, Shakuntala Devi became a mathematical genius earning the title of Human Computer for her exceptional calculating abilities. The Indian genius was also an astrologer and a gifted writer who authored books on maths, astrology, homosexuality in India and a crime thriller novel.

 3 Hypatia

Hypatia
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer, Writer
Birthdate: 0360 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0415 AD
Hypatia was a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer who lived during the 4th and 5th centuries. She also taught and served as a counselor. She is remembered for her commentary on Diophantus's Arithmetica. She was later murdered and became a symbol of feminism and of opposition to Catholic ideals.

 4 Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani
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Famous As: mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran

 5 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.

 6 Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
Died: April 14, 1935

Emmy Noether was a German mathematician best remembered for her contributions to abstract algebra. She is credited with discovering Noether's theorem, which is regarded as a fundamental theorem in mathematical physics. One of the most important mathematicians of her generation and the most important woman in mathematics history, Emmy Noether developed theories of algebras, fields, and rings.

 7 Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace
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Famous As: Countess of Lovelace
Birthdate: December 10, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: November 27, 1852

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician known for her work on the Analytical Engine, a mechanical general-purpose computer proposed by Charles Babbage. Many believe that Lovelace was the first to recognize the potential of computers. It is also believed that she published the first algorithm after realizing that the algorithm could be carried out by a machine like the Analytical Engine.

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 8 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.

 9 Juana Inés de la Cruz

Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tepetlixpa
Died: April 17, 1695

 10 Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville
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Famous As: Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer, Scientist
Birthdate: December 26, 1780
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jedburgh
Died: November 28, 1872

 11 Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 10, 1749

 12 Sophie Germain

Sophie Germain
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 1, 1776
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: June 27, 1831

French mathematician Sophie Germain had used the pseudonym M. Le Blanc to get hold of notes from the École Polytechnique, as being a woman, she was not allowed to attend the institute. She later contributed to the number theory and also pioneered the elasticity theory. She died of breast cancer.

 13 Maria Reiche

Maria Reiche
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: June 8, 1998

 14 Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Theologian
Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan
Died: January 9, 1799

Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, daughter of an affluent silk trader, was well-versed in a number of languages as a child. Most of her work was regarding algebra, calculus, and the Witch of Agnesi. She was also the first female academic to write a math book and to teach math.

 15 Ruth Lawrence

Ruth Lawrence
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Famous As: Mathematician, Topologist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 2, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brighton

 16 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.

 17 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

 18 Christina Pagel

Christina Pagel
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 19 Lisa Sauermann

Lisa Sauermann
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dresden, Saxony

 20 Dina Katabi

Dina Katabi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 21 Mary Everest Boole

Mary Everest Boole
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Famous As: mathematician, philosopher
Birthdate: 1832 AD
Birthplace: Wickwar
Died: 1916 AD

 22 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

 23 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea Island, England
Died: August 26, 1923

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

 24 Sofia Kovalevskaya

Sofia Kovalevskaya
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 10, 1891

 25 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

 26 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

 27 Christine Ladd-Franklin

Christine Ladd-Franklin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 28 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

 29 Kathleen Ollerenshaw

Kathleen Ollerenshaw
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England
Died: August 10, 2014

 30 Tanja Stadler

Tanja Stadler
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 31 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

 32 Eva Crane

Eva Crane
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: June 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 6, 2007

 33 Jenny Harrison

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

 34 Maleyka Abbaszadeh

Maleyka Abbaszadeh
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Famous As: Chair of the State Students Admission Commission
Birthdate: February 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

 35 Dorothy Maud Wrinch

Dorothy Maud Wrinch
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 12, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: February 11, 1976

 36 Daina Taimina

Daina Taimina
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: August 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 37 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