Susan Howson

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Susan Howson
Born 1973 (age 43–44)
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Thesis Iwasawa Theory of Elliptic Curves for ρ-Adic Lie Extensions (1998)
Doctoral advisor John H. Coates
Notable awards Adams Prize (2002)

Susan Howson (born in 1973) is a former British mathematician whose research was in the fields of algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry.

She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1998 with thesis title Iwasawa Theory of Elliptic Curves for ρ-Adic Lie Extensions under the supervision of John H. Coates.[1]

In 2002, Howson won the Adams Prize for her work on number theory and elliptic curves. She was the first woman to win the prize in its 120-year history.[2] In an interview, she indicated that the competitive and single-minded nature of higher mathematics is possibly part of what discourages women from pursuing it.[3]

Howson has taught at MIT, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and University of Nottingham. She also held a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship.[4]


  1. ^ Susan Howson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Gold, Karen (4 March 2002). "Lecturer makes history in maths". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dr Susan Howson on Woman's Hour". BBC Radio 4. 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Profiles - Faculty of Mathematics - University of Cambridge". Retrieved 8 March 2015. 

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