Carol Wood

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Carol Saunders Wood
Carol smiling toward the camera
Wood in 2017
BornFebruary 9, 1945
Known forMathematics

Carol Saunders Wood (born February 9, 1945, in Pennington Gap, Virginia)[1] is a retired American mathematician, the Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics, Emerita, at Wesleyan University.[2] Her research concerns mathematical logic and model-theoretic algebra,[3] and in particular the theory of differentially closed fields.[4]

Wood graduated in 1966 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, a small United Methodist college in Lynchburg, Virginia.[3] She earned her doctorate in 1971 from Yale University with a dissertation on forcing supervised by Abraham Robinson.[5] At Wesleyan, she served three times as department chair.[1] She was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 1991 to 1993,[3] and served on the board of trustees of the American Mathematical Society from 2002 to 2007.[1] She has served on the AMS Committee on Women in Mathematics since it was formed in 2012 and was chair from 2012 to 2015.[6] She supervised 4 doctoral students at Wesleyan.[5]

Wood was the 1998 commencement speaker for mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.[7] In 2012, she became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[8] In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Candidate biography, Trustee election, American Mathematical Society, Notices of the AMS 53 (8): 930, September 2006.
  2. ^ Mathematics and Computer Science faculty listing, Wesleyan, retrieved January 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae, retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Marcja, Annalisa; Toffalori, Carlo (2003), A Guide to Classical and Modern Model Theory, Trends in Logic, 19, Springer, p. 115, ISBN 9781402013317.
  5. ^ a b Carol Saunders Wood at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Committee on Women in Mathematics (CoWIM) Past Members, retrieved March 22, 2020
  7. ^ Commencement Speakers Past, Berkeley mathematics, retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved January 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Launch of the AWM Fellows Program". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 April 2019.