Former Bryn Mawr faculty member Emmy Noether was the subject of the March 23 Google Doodle.
Upon her passing in 1935, Albert Einstein wrote to The New York Times that Emmy Noether was “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”
From a March 2012 New York Times piece on Noether:
Noether lived for math and cared nothing for housework or possessions, and if her long, unruly hair began falling from its pins as she talked excitedly about math, she let it fall. She laughed often and in photos is always smiling.
When a couple of students started showing up to class wearing Hitler’s brownshirts, she laughed at that, too. But not for long. Noether was one of the first Jewish scientists to be fired from her post and forced to flee Germany. In 1933, with the help of Einstein, she was given a job at Bryn Mawr College, where she said she felt deeply appreciated as she never had been in Germany.
Read Einstein’s full letter to The Times, as reprinted in this 1935 edition of The College News.