The heirloom awards, which celebrate women’s achievements in Mathematics and Computing, are presented to Ursula and Vicky by last year’s winners.
A hundred years after the first women in Britain got the vote, women still make up only 23% of those working in core science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations in the UK. Both Ursula and Vicky were nominated for their scientific achievements and ability to inspire others.
“Ursula has done more for women in science, particularly maths and computer science, than anyone I know,” said Professor Dame Wendy Hall, University of Southampton, on her nomination of Professor Ursula Martin, Fellow of Wadham College, member of the Mathematical Institute in the University of Oxford and Professor at the University of Edinburgh. Ursula recently published a book about Ada Lovelace, often considered the world’s first computer programmer.
Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, University College London described Dr Vicky Neale as: "An exemplary mathematics communicator. She conveys the beauty of the subject with enthusiasm and authority, bringing quite complex ideas within the grasp of everybody."
Vicky, Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and Balliol College, is a Board member of PROMYS Europe. Her role includes teaching and co-ordinating a six-week mathmematics summer school hosted by Wadham College and the Mathematics Institute. PROMYS Europe is designed to encourage mathematically ambitious students who are at least 16 to explore the creative world of mathematics.
The Suffrage Science scheme was initiated in 2011 by Professor Dame Amanda Fisher, Director of the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (MRC LMS). “The creation of the Maths and Computing Suffrage Sciences Awards in 2016 recognised the increasing importance of mathematics and computing to the life sciences. As in all branches of the awards their purpose is to celebrate female scientists, their scientific achievements and ability to inspire others.”
Eleven scientists from across the UK were presented with hand-crafted jewellery, inspired by research and the suffragette movement, at the Suffrage Science awards ceremony held at the British Library, London.