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11 July 2012

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STS Honorary Fellow donates collection

'The Philippa Fawcett Collection focuses on the lives and work of female mathematicians. From Hypatia through to Emmy Noether, the collection charts the significant contributions to mathematics made by women throughout the ages. In addition, there are books which examine the role of women in other related disciplines, such as astronomy and physics. The collection also includes a pamphlet by Philippa Fawcett herself which was published by the League of Nations in 1938. Among the more recent works is Caroline Series' co-authored book with David Mumford and David Wright, lndra's Pearls: The Vision of Felix Klein.

The Philippa Fawcett Collection was generously donated in 2008 to the Society by Dr A.E.L. Davis [now an Honorary Research Associate in the department]. The collection is named in honour of Philippa Fawcett who, in 1890, was the first woman to come top of the final examinations of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge University. This feat would have earned her the title "Senior Wrangler" but as this was reserved for men only, Phillippa Fawcett was instead known as "above the Senior Wrangler".

written by Elizabeth Fisher

From the London Mathematical Society Newsletter no. 398 December 2010

London Mathematical Society (link)