(b. 21 May 1919, Poznań; d. 28 October 2008, Poznań)
Wanda Nowak attended the Dąbrówka State Humanities High School in Poznań from 1929, passing the final examination in 1937. From 1945 to 1948 she was a student of the Faculty of Humanities at Poznań University, and from 1948 to 1952 she studied mathematics there. She gained a doctorate in human sciences, specialising in educational science, in 1968 (supervised by Tadeusz Krajewski). She obtained her habilitation degree, again in educational science, at Adam Mickiewicz University’s Faculty of Social Sciences in 1976. In 1987 she received the title of professor. She worked at AMU from 1968 to 2004 (from 1969 to 1973 in the Mathematics Department of the Teacher Education College, and later in the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, renamed the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and then the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science). Between 1987 and her retirement in 1989 she also worked at the Teacher Training College in Zielona Góra. Her research interests were in the teaching of mathematics, especially methodological problems of mathematics teaching, the methodology of school and academic text books, optimisation of the teaching process in higher education, and the profile of a mathematics teacher. She published around 70 works, including four books, and was the supervisor of four successful doctoral candidates. She received four ministerial prizes (in 1972, 1977, 1981 and 1988) and was awarded the Medal of the National Education Commission.
L. Maligranda, W. Wnuk, 100 lat matematyki na uniwersytecie w Poznaniu 1919–2019, Wyd. Nauk. UAM, Poznań 2021, pp. 472–473.