Geraldine Darden

Born: July 22, 1936

Birthplace: Nansemond County, VA

B.S. (1957) Hampton Institute; M S (1960) University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; M.S. (1965) Syracuse University

Ph.D. Syracuse
University (1967)

thesis: *On Direct Sums of Cyclic Groups*; Advisor: James
Reid

Geraldine Darden, the ninth African American woman mathematician, earned all her degrees in mathematics, a B.S.from Hampton Institute in (1957), an M.S. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1967) from Syracuse University.

Darden attended the segregated Black public schools of her
county, and was a very good student. However, the only career
which she thought open to her was that of a high school teacher.
So after she graduated from Hampton Institute she began high school
teaching. In a few months she decided she had made a misstake,
and applied for(and received) a grant to study in one of the summer
institutes **Marjorie Lee
Browne** directed at North Carolina Central.

Darden was encouraged to attend graduate school by **Marjorie
Lee Browne** and **Eleanor
Dawley Jones**. At the end of Darden's first year at Syracuse
she went to the office of her abstract algebra professor. He said,
"You did well, you came in third." She was astounded
because she knew many of the other students were good. "Are
you sure you know who I am?" He laughed for she was the only
woman and the only black in her class. When she expressed to him
doubts of her ability to earn a Ph.D., his response was, you can
do it.

After her degree, Dr. Darden became strongly interested in issues of high school and college mathematics education. Along with the famed textbook author Tom Apostol and two others, she published

__Selected papers on precalculus__. Reprinted from the **American
Mathematical Monthly** (vols. 1--81) and from the **Mathematics
Magazine** (vols. 1--49). Edited by Tom M. Apostol, Gulbank
D. Chakerian, Geraldine C. Darden and John D. Neff. The Raymond
W. Brink Selected Mathematical Papers, Vol. 1. The Mathematical
Association of America, Washington, D.C., 1977. xvii+469 pp. ISBN:
0-88385-202-0 00A10

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