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I was one of the first Afro-American women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics, receiving mine from the University of Michigan in 1950.

My special interests in mathematics were topological and matrix groups.

I was born in Memphis, Tennessee...and my father was known as a "whiz" in mental arithmetic.

After teaching mathematics at a high school in New Orleans, I taught mathematics at Wiley College in Texas and primarily at North Carolina College.

At the national level, I advocated for the integration of mathematics meetings and conferences and openly criticized funding agencies for their discrimination.

The quote I am known for: "If I had my life to live again, I wouldn't do anything else. I love mathematics."

Answer: Majorie Lee Browne (1914 - 1979)