Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 18 – Sutayta Al-Mahāmali

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Sutayta Al-Mahāmali

Algebraist and legal scholar
Died 987 CE

Born in Baghdad, Sutayta Al-Mahāmali’s knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence informed her mathematics, and she became an authority on the algebraic inheritance formula which defined how much of an estate each heir received. She made original contributions to algebra and arithmetic which impressed later mathematicians and historians, but have now been lost to time.

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Posted in Advent 2018.