Author Archives: Rachel Levy

Francine (Jones) Schmitz

Francine (Jones) Schmitz, who as near as I (her daughter) can tell is completely unknown in the annals of women in tech, graduated with a masters degree in nuclear physics in the late 50s. She was hired by Aerojet contracted … Continue reading

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My “Hidden Figures”: Three Octogenarian Indian Women with Particle Physics, Python Programming and Music

Rohit Dhamankar in conversation with Physicists: Dr. Bhamathi Sudarshan, Dr. Radha Gourishankar and Amba Raghavan in Austin, TX, Feb 25, 2018. Early 1950s. Presidency College, Chennai, India. (Left to Right) Amba Raghavan, Dr. Radha Gourishankar, Dr. Bhamathi Sudarshan Three young … Continue reading

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A convergence of STEM-Mas!

From left:  Dr. Della Bell, Mrs. Simone Massingill and Ms. Zorah Taylor (Simone’s sister). Thank you to STEM-Ma Jacqueline Brannon Giles for this post. Grandma Got STEM is touching the lives of many young women and a former student of Dr. Della … Continue reading

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Muthulakshmi Reddi

  From this link and suggested by librarian Sam Kome: Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi was born on July 30, 1886 in Madras, India. Dr. Reddi was a tireless advocate for women’s rights in India. She was British India’s first woman legislator, … Continue reading

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Maryam Mirzhakhani

Photo credit:  Stanford University This page at the AMS website is collecting tributes to Maryam Mirzakhani, May 3, 1977-July 14, 2017 “Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win a Fields Medal, died on July 14 at the age of 40. … Continue reading

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Marina Ratner

  You may be inspired by this NY Times obituary for Marina Ratner. It opens our eyes not only to who can do math, but also to WHEN we can do work that is of value to the profession. The … Continue reading

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Amazing Women in Phenomenal Conference

by  Jacqueline Brannon Giles Sometimes you have to take time out to mingle with others and to learn more about the challenges and struggles of other women. During my youthful days, I never attended a Women’s Conference, but today I … Continue reading

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Dr May Edward Chinn

Anyone want to write a post about her? Thanks to Catherine Roberts, who posted this link on Facebook.  I have not checked the sources, but it sounds like a story worth pursuing.

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Hemavathy Appan

This is a story of my mom, Dr. Hemavathy, a pediatrician in India. She was born in Kariapattinam, a small village in southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu. The village had one school that only went up to … Continue reading

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Iris Runge

Iris Runge: A Pioneer in applied mathematics and electronics By Else Hoyrup, Danish mathematician and historian of science This image of Runge appears on the Humboldt University Site. Iris Runge (1888-1966) was a German applied mathematician, physicist, and inventor. … Continue reading

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