Alicia Boole Stott - Irish mathematician


Alicia Boole Stott was born today in 1860 in Cork (Ireland), the daughter of George Boole. Despite receiving no formal education, in 1914 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Groningen for her work on four-dimensional geometry, work which (while published in 1900 & 1910) was conducted in her late teens and early twenties. She is probably best known for coining the term "polytope" to refer to a convex solid in four dimensions. You can read more here about her first paper, On certain series of sections of the regular four-dimensional hypersolids (1900).