Virginia was born in Jamestown

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Virginia was born in Jamestown, North Carolina back in 1870 to John and Emily.  She graduated from Salem Academy in 1887 as valedictorian.  She went on to attend Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina earning her B.S. in 1892.

She was awarded the first scholarship from Bryn Mar College, studying physics earning a A.B. in 1896.  In 1899 she taught in Baltimore for three years earning a second scholarship returning to Bryn Mar College completing her Ph.D. in 1906.  More on that later. 

After completing her degree, she taught in New York City returning to North Carolina in 1911 teaching at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro for almost two decades.  She retired in 1928 and died in 1945. For you mat people I’m writing about Virginia Ragsdale and her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. was “On the Arrangement of the Real Branches of Plane Algebraic Curves”, can you tell she is way beyond me?  Anyway, her claim to fame is specializing in algebraic curves and for her being the creator of the Ragsdale Conjecture. Whatever that is. 

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Clueless as usual for me today! Enjoy your day 

Feb 28, 2017 04:51 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

This was in one of my Algebra courses; although I did not know of her.

The conjecture was disproved in the 70's.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 28, 2017 04:59 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Even though I don't understand the reality of her work how incredible a woman. To get a PHD then. Amazing.

Feb 28, 2017 05:00 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning James... whatever that is, is right. Quite an accomplished woman, but when you were talking about her accomplishments I was like what, what, what?

Feb 28, 2017 05:20 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Math was never my best subject until I put a dollar sign in front of the numbers.

Feb 28, 2017 05:52 AM #5
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I'm not sure what the Ragsdale Conjecture is, either. Even after reading about it, I don't understand it. I'm sure it's important to a handfull of math geeks somewhere!

Feb 28, 2017 06:00 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun post, and I had no idea about Algebraic Curves, or the Ragsdale Conjecture.  Happy Tuesday, A

Feb 28, 2017 06:48 AM #7
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, I have certainly heard of the Ragsdale conjecture, being that I am a math guy, but she is definitely way beyond me too, haha.

Feb 28, 2017 07:07 AM #8
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

It's been way too long since I studied Algebra. Don't recall Algebraic Curves or the Ragsdale Conjecture. Will have to ask my high schooler and college age son if they know what this is.

Feb 28, 2017 08:50 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I have no idea what you're talking about other than the fact that this lady was quite accomplished. 

Feb 28, 2017 09:12 AM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Guess I am also one of the lost and clueless souls. Personally, I cannot think of anything quite as boring as her studies and yet, what an achievement!

Mar 03, 2017 07:04 PM #11
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