Person: Soueif, Laila
Laila Soueif is an Egyptian mathematician who became a professor of mathematics at Cairo University. She is an activist for human rights and has been involved in many demonstrations including calling for academic freedom at Cairo University.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Mustafa Soueif translated the writings of Sigmund Freud into Arabic.
- The mood of those around Soueif changed with everyone talking of the disaster for the country.
- When Soueif was studying at the high school she would walk past Cairo University and see student sit-ins and banners of protest.
- Soueif graduated from the high school in 1973 and, in the autumn of that year, she began to study mathematics at the University of Cairo.
- Soueif worked with the group but did not join them, she was too intent on her mathematical studies.
- In 1977, after Soueif graduated, she was appointed as a tutor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Cairo where she began working towards a Master's Degree in algebra.
- Out on bail until Mubarak approved the sentence, he met up with Soueif who, on hearing of his sentence, had rushed back to Cairo.
- Soueif returned to Poitiers and continued to undertake research for her Ph.D. advised by Annie Page.
- Soueif published the paper Normalizing extensions and injective modules, essentially bounded normalizing extensions (1987).
- Soueif was appointed to a tenured professorship in mathematics at Cairo University.
- For her part, and even while retaining her mathematics professorship at Cairo University, Laila had gained a reputation as one of Cairo's most indefatigable "street" leaders, the veteran of countless protest marches against the government.
- From demonstrations calling for academic freedom at Cairo University to the earliest manifestations of the Kifaya movement to the uprising of 2011 and beyond, Soueif is a curiously iconic figure.
- Laila Soueif is someone who is driven by her complete commitment to social justice.
Born 1 May 1956, London, England.
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African, Origin England, Women
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive