Sylvia Wiegand


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

Sylvia Margaret Wiegand
Born (1945-03-08) March 8, 1945 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Scientific career
FieldsCommutative algebra
math education, history of math
ThesisGalois Theory of Essential Expansions of Modules and Vanishing Tensor Powers (1972)
Doctoral advisorLawrence S. Levy
Doctoral studentsChristina Eubanks-Turner

Early life and educationEdit

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]

Awards and recognitionEdit

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]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sylvia Wiegand". 1945-03-08. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  2. ^ a b c "Sylvia Wiegand". Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  3. ^ a b Sylvia Wiegand at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b "OCWW | Vol 32, Issue 3-4 | Features". Archived from the original on 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  5. ^ PO BOX 880130 (2010-11-18). "UNL | Arts & Sciences | Math | Department | Awards | Graduate Student Awards". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  6. ^ "Sylvia Wiegand's Homepage". Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  7. ^ "AWM Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  8. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.
  9. ^ "2018 Inaugural Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 9 January 2021.

External linksEdit

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