In honor of Pi Day, we’ve put together a gallery of hot women with pies and also living mathematicians who are also hot! And while the hot women with pies certainly have many successes under their belts, we want to especially spotlight the achievements of our living female mathematicians, because few things are actually sexier than doing math really well.
Here are the bios of the female mathematicians highlighted in our gallery, which is below:
Danica McKellar: Perhaps best known for her role as Winnie on The Wonder Years, McKellar is the author of Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. She studied mathematics at UCLA and graduated with highest honors, during which time she co-authored a scientific paper which named their results “the Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem.”
Kathrin Bringmann is a German mathematician and number theorist who has contributed heavily to the theory of mock theta functions. Her awards include the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize Alfried Krupp-Förderpreis for Young Professors for contributions to mathematics. Bringmann currently teaches at the University of Cologne.
Fotini Markopoulou-Kalamara is a Greek theoretical physicist who works primarily in foundational mathematics and quantum mechanics. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, she received First Prize in the Young Researchers competition at the Ultimate Reality Symposium and is a faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Melanie Wood is a Princeton educated American mathematician who specializes in number theory and algebraic geometry. In 1998 Wood became the first woman to earn a spot on the U.S. International Mathematical Science Olympiad Team and later went on to become the first American woman to be named a Putnam Fellow. Some of her numerous awards include the Morgan Prize, a Fulbright fellowship, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. Wood is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Irish cryptographer and mathematician Sarah Flannery developed the Cayley–Purser algorithm at age 16 and was named EU Young Scientist of the Year soon after. She studied computer science at the University of Cambridge and later got a job at Electronic Arts as a software engineer. Flannery now acts as a “Chief Scientist” at Triuna, a company she co-founded.
German-born mathematician Ulrike Tillmann focuses on algebraic topology and has made crucial contributions to the study of the moduli space of algebraic curves. She is currently acting titular Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and also a Fellow of Merton College.
Maryam Mirzakhani is a mathematician specializing in Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory and symplectic geometry. Hailing from Iran, Mirzakhani received recognition in her field early on, winning two gold medals in International Mathematical Olympiad competitions as a teenager. She received her Phd from Harvard University and was the recipient of the Blumenthal Award in 2009. Mirzakhani was later named a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and worked as a professor at Princeton University.