Gloria Ford Gilmer
1956 Gloria Ford Gilmer
is the first African American woman to publish a non-Ph.D.-thesis mathematics research paper.
Had she not stopped grad school at the University of Wisconsin for marriage she would have been the fourth African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Some years later she earned a Doctorate in Curriculum Instruction.
However, during her
entire career she
has been a major force and an instrumental figure for the advancement of African Americans in the Mathematical Community.
1985 Gloria Gilmer co-founds ISGEm, the Ethnomathematics Organization.
1992 Gloria Gilmer
is the first woman to deliver a major National Association of Mathematicians lecture (the Cox-Talbot Address).