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Florence Nightingale

"What use were mathematics to a married woman?"

Florence NightingaleNoel-Ann Bradshaw

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Noel-Ann Bradshaw talks about Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910), the first woman to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. We learn about:

  • what you may not know about Florence Nightingale (time 0:21)
  • her early interest in mathematics and her parents' disapproval ( 0:49)
  • her early career and views on education (1:38)
  • the Crimean War (2:36)
  • her Polar Area Diagrams (3:34)
  • Nightingale's impact (4:06)
  • her work back in England (4:52)
  • Nightingale as statistician (5:32)

The photograph of Nightingale is by H. Lenthall, and is taken from Wikimedia Commons. It is out of copyright.

Noel-Ann Bradshaw is principal lecturer in mathematics and operational research at the University of Greenwich, and is currently Treasurer of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. She tweets as @NoelAnn.

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This project was supported by the MSOR Network, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Universities of Greenwich and Birmingham as part of the National HE STEM Programme and was completed in May 2012. 

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