I studied mathematics at Somerville College, University of Oxford where I was awarded an integrated Master of Mathematics degree in 2016 (first class). My master's dissertation considered the works of Mary Somerville (1780-1872), and how her engagament with mathematics was effected by her financial situation and gender. I then worked for a year in alumni relations and fundraising, before beginning my doctoral studies at the Open University in 2017.
My doctoral research is supervised by Professor June Barrow-Green, and my research interests broadly lie within: 19th century mathematics in Western Europe; circulating knowledge through translations; and the effects of gender on access to and the production of knowledge.
More specifically my research looks at the mathematical works of Mary Somerville, including her early engagement with a mathematical community through contributions to periodicals, her 1831 'translation' of the Mecanique Celeste by Laplace, and the 1834 unpublished manuscript which is an introductory text treating the differential calculus.
Forthcoming conferences and talks:
I am currently an Associate Lecturer with the OU on M303 Further Pure Mathematics which covers: number theory; the algebraic theory of rings and fields; and metric spaces.
I was a teaching assistant at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, from 2016-2019. I taught on the 3rd year undergraduate History of Mathematics Module, which included facilitating reading courses on the development of abstract linear algebra, and British symbolical algebra in the 19th century. In 2018 I was a tutor for SCIO, Oxford where I provided one-to-one tutorials in the history of mathematics for an undergraduate visiting student.
Selection of talks and seminars given:
I have also presented talks and workshops centred on my research (and on 19th century differential calculus more broadly) to students in Year 7 and Year 11, as well as undergraduate students at the Open University M500 weekend.
Mary Somerville's Early Contributions to the Circulation of Differential Calculus (2020-05)
Historia Mathematica, 51 (pp. 1-25)
Mister Mary Somerville: Husband and Secretary (2020)
The Mathematical Intelligencer ((Early Access))
Mary Somerville: Being and Becoming a Mathematician (2021-09-10)
PhD thesis The Open University
Marriages, Couples, and the Making of Mathematical Careers (2021-03)
Dunning, David E and Stenhouse, Brigitte
London Mathematical Society