Charlotte Angas Scott
1858 1931

Charlotte A. Scott was a determined women who was not going to let societal rules stop her from accomplishing her journey through the mathematical world. Charlotter A. Scott was born June 8, 1858. She was the second oldest of seven children. Her family was Nonconformist Christians who were for reformationas well as education of women. Scott's father provided her with math tutors at the tender age of seven.

With her family support she won a scholarship in 1876. Scott was only eighteen years old when she received this award to Hitchlin College. This unbelievable accomplishment gave Scott the courage to compete in the Tripos Exams that were offered at Cambridge University, four years later. Scott ranked eighth amongst all the men but was prohibited to attend the awards ceremony because she was a women. Scott did not let that stop her, in fact it pushed her to work even harder. This determination resulted in a Bachelor of Science degree in 1882 and a doctorates in 1885. Not only did she receive them with excellent scholastic acheivement,she graduated both times "first class."

Scott continued to be active in the mathematical world. She helped develop New York Mathematical Society which later became the American Mathematics Society. In this program Scott was the only woman on its first board.

Scott also took a special interest in proofs and examples. She was the first to prove theorems abstractly which became a popular problem solver by the 1920's. Scott finished her years by continuing he profession as a college instructor. She slowly lost her hearing and had to have a graduate student in her classroom to help with instruction. Later Scott became completely deaf making it difficult as a professor.

Charlotte A. Scott was a remarkable woman who continued to proceed and achieve unbelievably without societies acceptance. She is an unforgettable woman that paved the way for women today to achieve a successful career in mathematics.

Contributed by Lucrecia T. Scott


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  2. Why Did Charlotte Angas Scott Succeed? Newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics 17(2) pp. 2, 4-9.
  3. (Internet) Charlotte Angus Scott:

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