Françoise Aron Ulam

Françoise Aron Ulam
Born Françoise Aron
(1918-03-08)March 8, 1918
Paris, France
Died April 30, 2011(2011-04-30) (aged 93)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Stanislaw Ulam
Children Claire Anne Weiner (née Ulam)
External image
Claire Ulam at MANIAC panel, 1955 Science Photo Library C024/0659

Françoise Aron Ulam was the wife of Polish-American mathematician, Stanislaw Ulam. Born March 8, 1918, in Paris, France. In 1939, she came to the United States as an exchange student. She studied at Mills College and Mount Holyoke College, earning a Master's degree in Comparative Literature.

In 1941 she met Stanislaw Ulam. 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, developing a taste for computers, yoga and feldenkrais.

In 1984, when her husband died, Françoise arranged for Santa Fe Institute to receive Stanislaw Ulam's library.

On April 30, 2011, Françoise died at El Castillo, aged 93. Françoise was buried in Paris.[1][2]


  • Ulam, Françoise. Analogies Between Analogies: The Mathematical Reports of S.M. Ulam and his Los Alamos Collaborators (Los Alamos Series in Basic and Applied Sciences) . 1990.ISBN 978-0520052901
  • Ulam, Françoise. De paris a los alamos une odysse franco-americaine (French Edition). ISBN 978-2738459626
  • Ulam, Françoise. Adventures of a Mathematician. 1991. ISBN 978-0520071544


  1. "In memoriam: Francoise Ulam | Santa Fe Institute". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. "Francoise Ulam's Obituary on Santa Fe New Mexican". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
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