19/08/2020

Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Postgraduate

The Most Famous Female Mathematicians to Inspire Students

Some of the world’s most famous mathematicians are women, yet they’re often overlooked in history. By empowering girls from a young age and challenging stereotypes, we can begin to change the way the world views gender equality. Working as a maths teacher is one of the ways you could transform young lives and alter their thinking.

If you’re considering studying for your PGCE, this is a great time to begin your journey. We are offering a 2020 master’s bursary, with up to £3,000 to support your Postgraduate studies. We believe in training teachers who can inspire the next generation. So here’s a look at some of the most famous female mathematicians that will transform the way that women are perceived.

Top 10 female mathematicians to inspire pupils

  1. Hypatia – an Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician
  2. Sophie Germain – an 18th-century mathematician obsessed with number theory and calculus
  3. Caroline Herschel – the first woman to receive the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal in 1828
  4. Ada Lovelace – a Victorian computer pioneer known as “The Enchantress of Numbers”
  5. Sofia Kovalevskaya – the first female to gain a northern European professorship in mathematics
  6. Emmy Noether – described by Albert Einstein as “the most creative and significant female maths genius of all time”
  7. Florence Nightingale – a revolutionary in the nursing profession and also a pioneer in the use of statistics
  8. Joan Clarke – the only female code-breaker at Bletchley Park
  9. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell – the detector of the first radio pulsar in the late 1960s
  10. Radia Perlman – a computer algorithm expert who helped to create the internet

The importance of recruiting more girls

The need for more women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs goes far beyond gender parity. These industries need to recruit more women to make scientific or technological innovations useful and relevant, and more importantly, safe.

More women in STEM will also boost the global economy by closing the gender gap. Statistics from McKinsey Global Institute tell us that increasing the number of women in STEM could add over £9 trillion to the global economy by the year 2025.

Study your PGCE at the University of Bolton

To find out more about becoming a maths teacher at secondary level, go to our PGCE M (Secondary) Mathematics with QTS course page for more details. Not only have we been voted No.1 in the North West for Student Satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019), but we’re also listed in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2021 and 2020). Join us at the University of Bolton, where your needs come first; this is #UniAsItShouldBe.

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