Wesleyan portrait of Carol S. Wood

Carol S. Wood

Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics, Emerita

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MAA Wesleyan University
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Carol S. Wood


Carol Saunders Wood (born February 9, 1945, in Pennington Gap, Virginia) is a retired American mathematician, Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics, Emerita, at Wesleyan University. Her research concerns mathematical logic and model-theoretic algebra.

Wood graduated in 1966 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College  in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She earned her doctorate in 1971 from Yale University with a dissertation on model-theoreticl  forcing supervised by Abraham Robinson.  At Wesleyan, she served three times as department chair and once as faculty chair. She supervised 4 doctoral students at Wesleyan. She was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 1991 to 1993,   and served on the board of trustees of the American Mathematical Society from 2002 to 2007.  She has served on the AMS Committee on Women in Mathematics since it was formed in 2012 and was chair from 2012 to 2015. SHe served for several years on the USNational Committee for Mathematics, including as chair and as delegate to the International Mathematics Union in Korea in 2014.  She is an Inaugural Fellow of the AMS and of the AWM.


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