September 2013 Women's
Abigail Thompson (1958–)
A leader in mathematics, Dr. Abigail Thompson received the 2003 Satter Prize for her work in expanding the concept of thin position as it refers to the study of geometric shapes. The Satter Prize is awarded to a woman in recognition of outstanding contributions to mathematics research. A professor at UC Davis (UCD) since 1988, she is also director of COSMOS UCD, a summer program in math and science for talented high school students. Thompson's work has been widely cited within mathematical topology literature and has been applied in other fields, such as quantum cosmology and artificial intelligence research.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The September calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo courtesy of Abigail Thompson.