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  • Professor of Applied Mathematics, University College London
  • Head of the Department of Mathematics, University College London since 2018
  • Vice-President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications since 2019
  • President of the British Society of Rheology 2015-17
Helen Wilson [Fluid Dynamics]
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  • Professor of Mathematcs, Bryn Mawr College 1888-1917
  • Co-Editor of the American Journal of Mathematics 1899-1926
  • Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society 1905
  • First British woman to receive a Doctorate in Mathematics, 1885
  • 'Eighth Wrangler' 1880

Charlotte Angas Scott [Algebraic Geometry]
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  • Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Royal Society Royal Medal 2019
  • James Watt International Gold Medal 2016
  • President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2014-19
  • Head of Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge 2009-14
Ann Dowling, DBE [Fluid Dynamics]
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  • Savilian Professor of Geometry, University of Oxford
  • Senior Whitehead Prize 2013
  • President of the London Mathematical Society 2004-06
  • Fellow of the Royal Society 2001
  • Whitehead Prize 1989
Frances Kirwan, DBE FRS [Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry]
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  • Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, King's College London
  • Royal Society Kavli Education Medal 2018
  • Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee on Mathematical Education 2009-11
  • Head of Department of Mathematics, King's College London 2001-04
Alice Rogers, OBE [Geometry and Analysis on Supermanifolds]
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  • Professor of Pure Mathematics, The Open University
  • Suffrage Science Award 2016
  • Whitehead Prize 2000
Gwyneth Stallard, OBE [Complex Dynamics and Iteration of Meromorphic Functions]
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  • Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford
  • Associate Head of Department, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
  • Fellow of the Society for Mathematical Biology 2021
  • Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize 2019
Helen Byrne [Mathematical Biology]
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  • Professor of Theoretical Physics, King's College London
  • Head of Department of Physics, King's College London since 2021
  • Royal Society Wolfson Merit Research Award 2011
  • Maxwell Medal and Prize 2006
Ruth Gregory [General Relativity and Cosmology]
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  • Principal Assistant to the Director of Education, then Assistant Education Officer for Higher Education, London County Council 1905-1934
  • College Lecturer, Norman School Teacher Training College, Johannesburg 1902-05
  • College Lecturer in Mathematics, Newnham College, University of Cambridge 1892-1902
  • ‘Above the Senior Wrangler’ 1890
Philippa Fawcett [Fluid Dynamics, Mathematics Education]


We celebrated International Women's Day with the slideshow above of a small sample of female mathematicians who studied Mathematics in Cambridge.

Check out the videos below to hear from more women in Maths from Cambridge and elsewhere.

Welcome to the webpages for all female Mathematicians studying or working in Cambridge.

Whether you’re inspired by pure or applied maths, theoretical physics, or statistics, you will find here other women who share your interests.

The Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge Sciences is a supporter of the Good Practice Scheme co-ordinated by the London Mathematical Society, and holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are keen to attract the best talent from all backgrounds and genders, and therefore strongly encourage women to apply to join us, whether as students or staff

Professor Anne Davis, Professor of Mathematical Physics and former chair of the Faculty Athena SWAN committee,  is pictured right, holding the Faculty Athena SWAN award, with the Heads of Department in 2014, Professor Peter Haynes and Professor Gabriel Paternain.


"Journeys of Women in Mathematics” is a film created by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Committee for Women in Mathematics. It was filmed and edited by Micro-Documentaries, with a grant by the Simons Foundation. It profiles women mathematicians from around the world. In the first part of the film Neela Nataraj from India, Aminatou Pecha from Cameroon and Carolina Araujo from Brazil, are featured at their home institutions in their respective countries. The second part of the film was shot at (WM)2: World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, a satellite event of the ICM 2018. It contains short interviews of six women from various Latin American countries.


Athena Swan Bronze Award

Athena SWAN Bronze Award LMS Good Practice Scheme logo

The Faculty received a Bronze Athena SWAN Department Award in April 2014 and successfully renewed it in 2017.  We are aiming for a Silver Award, and we are currently implementing a wide-ranging Action Plan to ensure equal opportunities for advancing women's careers in mathematics. The aim of this process is to implement good practice that benefits all, men and women, equally. The Athena Swan Bronze Award is recognition that the Faculty as a whole has a solid foundation of policies and practices to eliminate gender bias and an inclusive culture that values female staff.


News about staff in the Faculty is available at the webpages of DAMTP and DPMMS.

Here we post some highlights from time to time.


Videos of more women in Maths from Cambridge and elsewhere.

Lisa Sauermann, four gold IMO Medals, single highest (and perfect) score in 2011, is interviewed by Parth Shimpi, one of our Maths Ambassadors, and IMO volunteer. She now has a PhD from Stanford University, and will be Assistant Professor at MIT starting in summer 2021.

Meet Ingrid Daubechies, one of the world's most cited mathematicians and first woman President of the International Mathematical Union, best known for her pioneering work on wavelets.

Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, a founder of Modern Geometric Analysis and winner of the Abel Prize 2019 for "her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory, and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics." The Abel Prize Committee will announce on 17 March the new Abel Prize winner 2021.
Julia Gog Podcast
Julia Gog is Professor of Mathematical Biology in DAMTP, served on SAGE advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is a founding member of the Joint UNIversities Pandemic and Epidemiological Research (JUNIPER) consortium. Listen to this podcast, where she explains what's it like to be on the mathematical frontline.


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