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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Chowder, Turkey Stuffing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
When You Lose The Battle, Try To Win The Lesson.

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1948
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Chowder, Turkey Stuffing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
When You Lose The Battle, Try To Win The Lesson.

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1948
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Mathematician Fern Y. Hunt was born in 1948 in New York City to Daphne Lindsay and Thomas Edward Hunt. Her mother was a transcribing typist who attended Hunter College for two years, and her father worked as a mail handler. Hunt’s grandparents immigrated to the United States from Jamaica prior to World War I. At age nine, Hunt received a chemistry set for Christmas, sparking an early interest in science. Hunt’s ninth grade science teacher, Charles Wilson, further fostered her interest in science by introducing her to the Saturday Science Program at Columbia University and encouraging her to apply to the Bronx High School of Science. After graduating from high school, Hunt attended Bryn Mawr College at the encouragement of her mother, where she earned her A.B. degree in mathematics in 1969. Hunt then entered New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics where she earned her M.S. degree and later her Ph.D. degree in mathematics in 1978.

Hunt started work in academia, first at the University of Utah. She later accepted a position with Howard University's Mathematics Department as an associate professor in 1978. From 1981 to 1982, Hunt worked in the mathematical biology laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH). From 1988 to 1991, Hunt also served as a member of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Mathematical Advisory Board with the Education Testing Service. In 1993, Hunt decided to leave Howard University to start her career with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the computing and applied mathematics laboratory.

Hunt’s research interests are focused on applied probability and dynamical systems, which are mathematical models that describe different kinds of movement. In addition to mathematical modeling, Hunt has also conducted research in biomathematics to look at genetic variation and patterns in bacteria. Throughout her career, Hunt has written several scientific articles. In addition to her work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Hunt is active in the scientific and local communities. She is involved with several professional mathematical societies and has served as a consultant for organizations like the National Bureau of Standards and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2000, Hunt was honored with the prestigious Arthur S. Flemming Award for Outstanding Federal Service for her contributions to mathematical biology, computational geometry, nonlinear dynamics, and more. Fern Hunt works in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Fern Y. Hunt was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt talks about her mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt talks about her mother's interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fern Hunt talks about her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fern Hunt talks about her father's experience serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt talks about her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fern Hunt talks about how the war affected her parent's relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fern Hunt describes the sights, sounds and smells of her growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fern Hunt talks about Thelonious Monk
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fern Hunt talks about her experience being bullied as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt describes her elementary school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt talks about her junior high school experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt describes her experience in the science club
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt talks about her growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fern Hunt talks about her family's involvement in the church and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fern Hunt talks about her decision to attend the Bronx High School of Science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fern Hunt talks about her high school experience
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt talks about her mathematical interests
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt talks about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt talks about the religious atmosphere at the Bronx High School of Science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt talks about Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fern Hunt talks about her extracurricular activities during high school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fern Hunt talks about The World's Fair of 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fern Hunt talks about her interests in television, movies and music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt talks about her decision to attend Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt talks about Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt talks about her studies at Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt talks about the cultural and political environment at Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Fern Hunt talks about her extracurricular activities at Bryn Mawr College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Fern Hunt talks about her post-collegiate plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Fern Hunt talks about her studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Fern Hunt describes her dissertation on genetic and special variation in animals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Fern Hunt talks about her research and its applications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Fern Hunt talks about her use of voles in her research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Fern Hunt talks about her work with computer graphics rendering
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Fern Hunt talks about the Arthur Fleming Medal
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Fern Hunt talks about her experience teaching at the University of Utah
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Fern Hunt talks about her experience teaching at Howard University