Gloria Ford Gilmer
: Why she
was the 1st African American woman to publish a non-Ph.D.-thesis mathematics research paper (1956).
She was the first Black female on the board of governors of the Mathematical Association of America (1980-82).
co founded the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics
, the Ethnomathematics Organization
was the first woman to ever deliver a major National Association Of Mathematicians lecture (1992).
One of her
areas of study is Ethnomathematics; the study of mathematical ideas involved in the cultural practices of a people.
along with some other researchers discovered that mathematical patterns are very much entwined in and unique to various cultures.
conducted a study on the mathematics behind the hair braiding techniques of people within the African American community.
wanted to answer the question: "What can the hair braiding enterprise contribute to mathematics education and conversely what can mathematics education contribute to the hair braiding enterprise?", she
also looked at the tessellations of braids and weaves on the scalp.
You can read about her
research in the mathematical patterns in African American hairstyles here.
She is a president of Math-Tech Inc. which uses educational research findings to develop effective mathematics programs for women and other minorities.
has been a major influential figure for the advancement of African Americans in the Mathematical Community.
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