Helen Moore (mathematician)

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Helen Elizabeth Moore is an American mathematician. Originally a differential geometer,[1][2] she moved from academia to industry and from pure to applied mathematics, and in particular the applications of control theory to combination therapy in the health industry.[3] She is affiliated with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Moore grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her interest in mathematics came from her grandfather, an architect.[1] In her last two years of high school, she attended a state magnet school, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.[1][3] Next, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, initially studying physics but shifting to mathematics,[1] and starting an ongoing mathematics competition club at the university.[3] She completed her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University with a doctorate in differential geometry and minimal surface theory, Minimal Submanifolds with Various Curvature Bounds, supervised by Michael T. Anderson.[2] She was frequently the only woman in her undergraduate classes, and the only woman of ten in her graduate program when she entered to leave with a Ph.D.[5]

After completing her doctorate, Moore taught at Bowdoin College and, on a sabbatical from Bowdoin, at Stanford University. While at Stanford, she became interested in disease modeling. She became Associate Director of the American Institute of Mathematics,[1] while continuing to work as a mentor to women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Stanford.[6] From there she moved to industry, working for Bristol-Myers Squibb[7] and later AstraZeneca.[4] Moore was elected to the council of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2016.[7]


In 2018, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics listed Moore as a Fellow, "for impactful industrial application of mathematical modeling in oncology, immunology, and virology. For mentoring, teaching, and leadership."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Shubin, Sergei (2003), I Seek an Answer to the Question "Why?" - Dr. Helen Moore, Association for Women in Mathematics
  2. ^ a b Helen Moore at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b c Diaz-Lopez, Alexander (August 2016), "Helen Moore Interview" (PDF), The Graduate Student Section, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 63 (7): 768–770
  4. ^ a b c SIAM Fellows: Class of 2018, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2018-10-31
  5. ^ Trei, Lisa (February 15, 2006), "Biases must be tackled to achieve gender equity in mathematics, scholars argue", Stanford Report
  6. ^ "Mentoring Women in the Sciences", Stanford Magazine, September–October 2003
  7. ^ a b "Meet SIAM's Newest Leadership: Board and Council", SIAM News, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, November 21, 2016, retrieved 2018-10-31