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Key Figures: A Snapshot of Early 20th Century Women Mathematicians

Kieka Mynhardt, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Friday, Oct. 5: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Over the millennia—from Theano (born c. 546 B.C.), the wife of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras and herself a mathematician, to Maryam Mirzakhani (May 1977 – July 2017), who in 2014 became the first woman to win the Fields medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics—there have been many brilliant female mathematicians.  In this talk, Dr. Mynhardt will mention a few who were active in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, and discuss the work and impact of one of them in greater depth.

Kieka Mynhardt was born in Cape Town and lived in South Africa until 2002, when she moved to Victoria. She obtained her PhD from the University of Johannesburg under the supervision of Dr. Izak Broere. She started her professional career at the University of Pretoria, moving to the University of South Africa, also in Pretoria, after two years, where she became a full professor in 1992. She now holds a professorship in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria. Her research area is graph theory, which can also be described as a theory of networks.

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