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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
All is well that ends well.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1929
Birth Location:
Norfolk, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Math Professor
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
All is well that ends well.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1929
Birth Location:
Norfolk
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Biography

Mathematician and professor of mathematics, Eleanor Jones was born on August 10, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her mother, Lillian Vaughn Green, was a domestic worker, and her father, George Herbert Green, was a letter carrier. She attended Booker T. Washington High School where her favorite subject was mathematics. Jones graduated as valedictorian of her class at the age of fifteen and received a scholarship to attend Howard University. Jones received her B.S. degree in mathematics in 1949. She studied under Elbert Cox, the first African American to receive his Ph.D. degree in mathematics. Jones remained at Howard University where she received her M.S. degree in mathematics in 1950. Then, she returned to Booker T. Washington High School as a mathematics and science teacher for two years.

Jones was hired in 1955 as an associate professor of mathematics at Hampton University. When schools in Norfolk, Virginia were closed in 1958 due to forced integration, Jones helped tutor students in a local church. That same year, she also became vice chair of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Virginia. By 1962, Jones left Hampton to study mathematics at Syracuse University under the tutelage of Dr. James Reid. In 1965, she was elected to the Sigma Xi science honor society and went on to graduate from Syracuse University in 1966 as the eleventh African American woman to earn her Ph.D. degree in mathematics. Her thesis, entitled, “Abelian Groups and Their Endomorphism Rings and the Quasi-Endomorphism of Torsion Free Abelian Groups,” examined advanced abstract algebraic concepts. In 1967, Jones rejoined the faculty at Hampton University. One year later, she became professor of mathematics and chair of the department at Norfolk State University.

Jones retired as professor emeritus from Norfolk University in 2003. She served on the Committee for Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities of the American Mathematical Society, the Executive board of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Board of Governors for the Mathematical Association of America. Jones also held the position of vice president of the National Association of Mathematicians. She raised three sons, Everett B. Jones, Edward A. Dawley and the late Herbert G. Dawley.

Eleanor Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 7, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Eleanor Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones describes her mother's background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones describes her mother's background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Eleanor Jones talks about her father's service in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Eleanor Jones talks about her grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Eleanor Jones describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Eleanor Jones describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Eleanor Jones describes Norfolk, Virginia as she grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Eleanor Jones talks about her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Eleanor Jones describes her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones talks about her interests as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones talks about Douglas Park Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones describes her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Eleanor Jones talks about her experience at Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Eleanor Jones describes her social activities at Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones talks about her decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones talks about pledging Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones talks about the mystery surrounding her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones describes the faculty at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones talks about prominent people who spoke at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Eleanor Jones talks about Dr. Mordecai Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones talks about her fellowship and her work with the census bureau
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones talks about William S. Claytor and Jeremiah Certaine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones talks about her marriage to Edward Dawley, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones talks about the Norfolk 17
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones talks about Rosa Parks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Eleanor Jones discusses her involvement with the Congress of Civil Rights (CORE)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Eleanor Jones describes her divorce from Edward Dawley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Eleanor Jones describes her experience at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Eleanor Jones describes her doctoral research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones talks about sports and her experience at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones discusses her experience teaching math
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones describes her publication in American Mathematical Monthly
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones talks about the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones describes her efforts to attract female students to math and science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Eleanor Jones talks about her retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Eleanor Jones talks about her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Eleanor Jones shares her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Eleanor Jones reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Eleanor Jones talks about her divorce from Everett Jones
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Eleanor Jones talks about her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Eleanor Jones talks about her hobbies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Eleanor Jones talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Eleanor Jones describes her photographs