Mathematicians of the African Diaspora
in the Twentieth Century
At the beginning of this project, a reasonable estimate for the numbers of mathematicians* with"black" african heritage appeared to be 0.1% of the total number of mathematicians in the world. Below is a list, linked to profiles, of all 250^{+} of projected 300 mathematicians* we have located. Notice that if we restrict our attention to the United States, then the figure grows to ~1% (actually, 1.5% for new Ph.D.'s from 1995 thru 1997). It is clear that without Affirmative Action in the United States this list would be approximately onethird its size.
We should not ignore the contributions of those individuals whose careers in education are supported by a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, a D.Ed. in Mathematics, or a Ph.D. in a nonmathematical subject, but whose career has been devoted/connected to mathematical education. For these the MAA SUMMA Archive of Minority Mathematicians, Dr. William Hawkins, is, though limited to the U.S., oriented to include Mathematics Education and all "Underrepresented" minorities. 12/21/98
If you have additions or corrections please write Dr. Scott Williams at Mathematics Department, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo NY 14214 U.S.A. or email Dr. Scott Williams
Also see A Modern History of Blacks in Mathematics, see Research Mathematicians of the African Diaspora, and see Mathematics of the Ancients.
*256 mathematicians. Criteria: A Ph.D. in Mathematics, or a career in original mathematics research.
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