Elizabeth Lowell Putnam
(1862-1935) was born in Brookline, Massachusetts
in the late 19th century, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Lowell
of Boston. Elizabeth grew up on her families 10 acre estate, which later be called Sevenels
for the seven (7) Lowells which comprised her family, including her brothers Abbott Lawrence
and her sister Amy Lowell
In 1888, Elizabeth married her third cousin and family lawyer William Putnam, Senior. She was known for her early activism for prenatal care.
In 1927, sometime after her husband's death, Elizabeth Lowell Putnam established the William Lowell Putnam Intercollegiate Memorial Fund in order to begin a college-level mathematics competition. This contest, which continues to this day, began in 1935 under the direction of the Mathematical Association of America. Since 1992, the competition has awarded the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize for outstanding performance by a female contestant.
She was the maternal grandmother of McGeorge Bundy and William Putnam Bundy.
Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.