Alice Jeanne LaDuke (born June 27, 1938) is an American mathematician who specialized in mathematical analysis and the history of mathematics. She was also a child actress who appeared in one film (The Green Promise).
Early life and film careerEdit
LaDuke was raised on a farm in Posey County, in southwest Indiana. Her parents were college-educated and an aunt who taught mathematics in Chicago frequently visited, bringing mathematics puzzles for LaDuke.
As a child, she was cast from a field of 12,000 4-H members to play a small part in The Green Promise (1948) as farm girl Jessie Wexford, the sister of Natalie Wood's character's love interest. Wood and LaDuke shared a tutor who taught them both string games as well as their school curriculum.
She earned a master's degree in mathematics, but was unable to obtain a teaching position with it because the schools she applied to only hired men. She returned to Oregon in 1966 as a doctoral student at the University of Oregon, and completed her Ph.D. in 1969 with a dissertation in mathematical analysis supervised by Kenneth A. Ross on Ep Space: Essentially a Product of Cp Spaces.
With Judy Green, she is the author of Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s (American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society, 2009). An annual lecture series on Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology at DePaul is named after her.
- Manifold, Sara (April 27, 2011), "Movie star native will return to Mount Vernon for showing", Mount Vernon Democrat
- Ryan, Catherine (Autumn 2010), "Not by the Numbers: On her own unconventional path, Jeanne LaDuke details the early history of women in American mathematics", Oregon Quarterly, University of Oregon
- Sullivan, Rebecca (2016), Natalie Wood, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 23, ISBN 9781844576708
- Finstad, Suzanne (2009), Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood, Crown/Archetype, p. 75, ISBN 9780307428660
- Jeanne LaDuke at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Mathematical Sciences Faculty & Staff, DePaul University College of Science and Health, retrieved 2017-11-09
- Reviews of Pioneering Women in American Mathematics:
- Charles Ashbacher (January 2009), MAA Reviews, 
- Amy Shell-Gellasch (2009), Isis 100 (4): 925–926, doi:10.1086/652073
- Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (February 2010), Historia Mathematica 37 (1): 124–128, doi:10.1016/j.hm.2009.09.001
- Margaret A. M. Murray (May 2010), The College Mathematics Journal 41 (3): 248–251, doi:10.4169/074683410x488755
- Andrea Blunck (2010), Mathematical Reviews, MR2464022
- Sorelle A. Friedler (June 2011), ACM SIGACT News 42 (2): 37–41, doi:10.1145/1998037.1998047
- Hayda, Julian (October 1, 2014), "Field Museum Chief Curiosity Correspondent Emily Graslie discusses women in STEM at DePaul", The DePaula