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**Sylvia Margaret Wiegand** (born March 8, 1945) is an American mathematician.^{[1]}

Sylvia Margaret Wiegand | |
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Born | |

Alma mater | University of Wisconsin-Madison |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Commutative algebra math education, history of math |

Thesis | Galois Theory of Essential Expansions of Modules and Vanishing Tensor Powers (1972) |

Doctoral advisor | Lawrence S. Levy |

Doctoral students | Christina Eubanks-Turner |

Wiegand was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She is the daughter of mathematician Laurence Chisholm Young and through him the grand-daughter of mathematicians Grace Chisholm Young and William Henry Young.^{[2]} Her family moved to Wisconsin in 1949, and she graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1966 after three years of study.^{[1]} In 1971 Wiegand earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.^{[3]} Her dissertation was titled *Galois Theory of Essential Expansions of Modules and Vanishing Tensor Powers.*^{[3]}

In 1987, she was named full professor at the University of Nebraska; at the time Wiegand was the only female professor in the department.^{[1]} In 1988 Sylvia headed a search committee for two new jobs in the math department, for which two women were hired, although one stayed only a year and another left after four years.^{[4]} In 1996 Sylvia and her husband, Roger Wiegand, established a fellowship for graduate student research at the university in honor of Sylvia's grandparents.^{[5]}

From 1997 until 2000, Wiegand was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics.^{[6]}^{[7]}

Wiegand has been an editor for Communications in Algebra and the Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.^{[2]} She was on the board of directors of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 1997 to 2000.^{[2]}

Wiegand is featured in the book *Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary*, edited by Charlene Morrow and Teri Perl, published in 1998.^{[1]} For her work in improving the status of women in mathematics, she was awarded the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Contribution to the Status of Women Award in 2000.^{[4]} In May 2005, the University of Nebraska hosted the Nebraska Commutative Algebra Conference: WiegandFest "in celebration of the many important contributions of Sylvia and her husband Roger Wiegand."^{[1]}

In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[8]}

In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.^{[9]}

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- Sylvia Wiegand's homepage
- Sylvia Wiegand's Author profile on MathSciNet