The Black Heroes of Mathematics

Friday 2 October 2020
12:00 - 13:00

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The Black Heroes of Mathematics

In this talk, Dr. Nira Chamberlain looks at the Black Heroes of Mathematics.

The 2017 film, “Hidden Figures”, is based on the true story of a group of black female mathematicians that served as the brains behind calculating the momentous launch of the NASA astronaut John Glenn into orbit. However, these mathematicians of colour are not the only ‘Hidden Figures’.

Nira discusses other inspirational men and women who overcame obstacles to prove that ‘mathematics is truly for everybody!’

In his talk Nira begins with a discussion of probability and risk, give his tips on the different types of “probability” and how to explain risk to people without a scientific background. Valuable advice for anyone working in clinical trials!

Katherine Johnson, who featured in ‘Hidden Figures’, in front of NASAs “Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility”

Dr Nira Chamberlain PhD HonDSc is the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) and in 2019 the Inclusive Tech Alliance named Nira as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic leaders in the UK’s Tech.

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Dr Nira Chamberlain delivering a lecture
Dr Nira Chamberlain PhD HonDSc