Alice Louise Ridenour Wood
Alice Louise Ridenour Wood graduated from Columbus East High School prior to arriving on Ohio State’s campus in 1913. Four years later, she graduated with a master’s degree in mathematics. Even with a focus on her academic work, she was able to find time to participate in student activities, including a leadership position as a junior class officer and as a performer in Browning Dramatic Society productions.
Wood continued her studies in the area of theoretical math and applied her knowledge as a teacher of mathematics. She initially became a professor at Wittenberg University, where she established herself as the first female professor of math at the university. Eventually, her education career led her to London High School where she taught math for 14 years.
In 1991, the Alice Louise Ridenour Wood Chair in Mathematics was established as the result of a bequest Wood made in her will. In 2009, Henri Moscovici became the newest Alice Louise Ridenour Wood Chair in Mathematics. A faculty member since 1980, Professor Moscovici is the past recipient of a University Distinguished Scholar Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He pioneered the field of noncommutative geometry, which describes theoretical quantum physics concepts, and has nurtured a generation of graduate students who’ve become experts in this field.