Friday, November 14, 2014
Gloria Conyers Hewitt-3rd African-American woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics.
Gloria Conyers Hewitt is an African-American mathematician. She was the 3rd African-American woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics. Gloria Conyers was born on October 26, 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina. She entered Fisk University in 1952 and graduated in 1956 with a degree in secondary mathematics education. She received her PhD in mathematics in 1962 from the University of Washington (completing her masters in 1960). She was Professor of mathematics and department chair at the University of Montana (beginning 1995). She was known for many mathematics reason but most of all for being one of the 1st three black women to get a mathematics reward. She was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation postdoctoral Science Faculty Fellowship. She was elected to the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America.