Vol 10 (2016) , 133-167

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Women and mathematics at the Universities in Prague in the first half of the 20th centur

Martina Bečvářová

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.14708/am.v10i0.1546

Abstract

This study is focused on lives of twelve women who prepared their doctorates in mathematics at the Faculty of Philosophy of the German University in Prague in the years 1882–1945, respectively at the Faculty of Science of the Czech University in Prague in the years 1882–1920 and 1921–1945 (known as Charles University in Prague in the latter period). In the first part, a short description of the historical background about women’s studies at the universities in the Czech lands and a statistical overview of all PhD degrees in mathematics awarded at both universities in Prague is given for a better understanding of the situation with women’s doctoral procedures. In the second part, a description of the successful doctoral procedures in mathematics of three women at the German University in Prague and of eight women at Charles University in Prague, as well as one unsuccessful doctoral procedure, are presented.

Keywords: Mathematical education, women in mathematics, doctoral procedures in mathematics, Charles University in Prague, German University in Prague, first half of the 20th century.

Subject classification: 00A17, 01A60, 01A70

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