Sylvia Bozeman

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Sylvia D. Trimble Bozeman (born Sylvia Trimble, 1947, in Alabama) is an American mathematician and mathematics educator.[1]

Bozeman did her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Alabama A&M University, during which she also had summer projects at NASA and Harvard University. She graduated in 1968 (unusually for a woman at that time, without any studies in education) and moved with her husband, also a mathematician, to Vanderbilt University, where they both began their graduate studies. She earned a masters degree in 1970, and then taught locally while her husband completed his own doctoral studies. Then, she took a teaching position at Spelman College, a college for African-American students in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1976, she took up graduate studies again at Emory University while continuing to hold a position at Spelman. She earned her doctorate in 1980 from Emory, under the supervision of Luis Kramarz; her thesis was titled Representations of Generalized Inverses of Fredholm Operators.[1][2]

Bozeman continues to work as a professor at Spelman, and has also held the position of vice provost there.[3] Her husband, Robert Bozeman, is also a mathematics professor at nearby Morehouse College.[1] In 1997 she became Section Governor in the Mathematical Association of America, the first African-American to reach that level.[3] In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Notable Women in Mathematics, a Biographical Dictionary, edited by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl, Greenwood Press, 1998. pp 17–21
  2. ^ Sylvia D. Trimble Bozeman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b Williams, Scott W., Sylvia T. Bozeman, Black Women in Mathematics, Mathematics Department, State University of New York at Buffalo, retrieved 2014-06-17 
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.