Portraits of Mathematicians

How many historically significant mathematicians can you name?
How many historically significant literary figures can you name?

Many people breeze through the first four tasks but struggle with the last.

In 2007, now-alum Pasha Feinberg ’07 found a way to bridge her twin interests in advanced mathematics and art. She connected with High School math teacher Andy Lipps and studio art teacher Michelle Cobb to begin a series of portraits of famous mathematicians created by students. Most years, Michelle suggests a student artist and the math department identifies a mathematician.

Pasha’s portrait of Leonhard Euler depicts his pioneering contributions in the fields of astronomy, optics, and fluid dynamics. The students’ research on their subjects is evident in the artwork. For the most recent installment, Jazzmin Cox-Cáceres ’19 was invited to paint Katherine Johnson, the subject of the 2016 movie Hidden Figures, who is shown seated before the moon, her heart and Presidential Medal of Freedom displayed prominently on her chest.

There are now nine portraits displayed along the first floor math corridor. Parents visiting for events or parent/teacher conferences are encouraged to browse the gallery in person!
  • Leonhard Euler by Pasha Feinberg ’07
  • Ramanujan by Ellie Lasater-Guttmann ’13
  • Paul Erdos by Mai-Han Nguyen ’17
  • Emmy Noether by Ela Rockafellow ’18
  • Isaac Newton by Alexandra Eldridge ’11
  • Evariste Galois by Olivia Williams ’16
  • C.F. Gauss by Elizabeth Cox ’11
  • Sophie Germain by Rebecca York ’14
  • Katherine Johnson by Jazzmin Cox-Cáceres ’19

Staff writer Danny Stock tells the stories of teaching, learning, competing, creating, and performing at Georgetown Day School. He is a former GDS second grade teacher and current parent.


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