In the past five years, we have seen an increase in discussion of the contributions of people of colour within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ). In recent years, books and films such as Hidden Figures have highlighted these stories and brought them into the mainstream.
While it is important to understand and highlight these historic contributions, Black History Month is also an important time to talk about people currently making history within STEM in Britain.
One such person making history is Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, a child prodigy, a polyglot, and educator.
Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon was born in Waltham Forest in London, to a family of exceptionally high achieving children. Dr. Imafidon and her three younger siblings have all set either academic or athletic records.
Dr. Imafidon’s academic career has been a series of groundbreaking accomplishments, consistently breaking educational records and solidifying herself as a prodigy.
In 2001, at the age of 11, Dr. Imafidon became the youngest person to pass the Mathematics GSCE.
In 2005, at the age of 15, she entered a bachelor’s programme at Oxford University.
In 2007, at the age of 17, Dr. Imafidon entered a master’s degree programme at Oxford, going on to become the youngest ever graduate with a master’s degree in June 2010.
After working in the private sector, Dr. Imafidon co-founded The Stemettes in February 2013. The Stemettes is a group dedicated to helping expose young women to STEM fields “via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes”.
This group has helped more than 40,000 young women learn about STEM and the opportunities the field can afford. The Stemettes helps demystify STEM and encourages young women to be interested in jobs in the field.
Personal Excellence Awards from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2013
Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award, 2014
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours