Meet the women in maths careers we've featured so far on the Stemettes Zine.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was an African-American Mathematician. She is well known for her outstanding contributions to space travel and exploration. 

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Loh-Gene Cheng is an English mathematician, pianist, Scientist-in-Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an honorary fellow of pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Hannah Fry

Hannah researches trends in everyday life and sees how she can use maths to forecast the future and she is currently a lecturer at UCL, where she did her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Dr Gladys West

Gladys Mae West is an American mathematician and is often called the “Hidden Figure” behind the GPS system used in maps and navigation today.

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician. She was honoured with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was a British mathematician. She is widely considered the first person to write instructions for computer programs in the 1800’s!

Dorothy Vaughan

Vaughan’s job was an American mathematician and computer programmer who made important contributions to the early years of the US space program. During this period, the US was on a race against Russia on who can get to the moon first. She was also the first African American manager at NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) which later became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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