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mathematician , scientists

Françoise Aron Ulam was the wife of Polish-American mathematician, Stanislaw Ulam.


She studied at Mills College and Mount Holyoke College, earning a Master's degree in Comparative Literature.


Born in 1918, in Paris, France. In 1939, she came to the United States as an exchange student. In 1941 she met Stanislaw.

In 1943, the Ulams moved from Los Alamos to Santa Fe following Stanislaw's involvement in the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos at its inception. In Los Alamos, Francoise became part of the international community of scientists and mathematicians during the Atomic Age. Like many of the Manhattan Project wives, initially she knew very little about the purpose of the "Gadget," as the bomb was known at the time.

She devoted herself to creating a home and raising a baby in the American Southwest. On April 30, 2011, Françoise died at El Castillo, aged 93. Françoise was buried in Sante Fe.


  • Avocations: walking, music F C.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Adventures of a Mathematician (Stanislaw M. Ulam), Analogies Between Analogies (Stanislaw M. Ulam).


Pierre Aron

Madeleine (Carcassonne) Aron

Stanislaw M. Ulam

Claire Anne Ulam