Carol Saunders Wood | |
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Born | |

Nationality | American |

Alma mater | Yale University |

Known for | Differentially Closed Fields |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Doctoral advisor | Abraham Robinson |

**Carol Saunders Wood** (born February 9, 1945, in Pennington Gap, Virginia)^{[1]} is a retired American mathematician, the Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics, *Emerita*, at Wesleyan University.^{[2]} Her research concerns mathematical logic and model-theoretic algebra,^{[3]} and in particular the theory of differentially closed fields.^{[4]}

Wood graduated in 1966 from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, a small United Methodist college in Lynchburg, Virginia.^{[3]} She earned her doctorate in 1971 from Yale University with a dissertation on forcing supervised by Abraham Robinson.^{[5]} At Wesleyan, she served three times as department chair.^{[1]} She was an American Mathematical Society (AMS) Council member at large from 1987 to 1989.^{[6]} She was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 1991 to 1993,^{[3]} and served on the board of trustees of the American Mathematical Society from 2002 to 2007.^{[1]} She has served on the AMS Committee on Women in Mathematics since it was formed in 2012 and was chair from 2012 to 2015.^{[7]} She supervised 4 doctoral students at Wesleyan.^{[5]}

Wood was the 1998 commencement speaker for mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.^{[8]} In 2012, she became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.^{[9]} In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.^{[10]}