Mary Lucy Cartwright

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Mary Lucy Cartwright


Cartwright was born in Aynho, Northamptonshire, England, in 1900. At that time in history, it was unusual for women to receive recognition in academic subjects like mathematics and the sciences, but Cartwright graduated from Oxford in 1923 with a major in mathematics. She taught for four years before receiving her Ph.D. and went on to lecture in math at Cambridge University. Honored by many, Dame Cartwright was elected to the Royal Society, received the De Morgan Medal from the London Mathematical Society in 1968, as well as the Sylvester Medal from the Royal Society in 1964. She had a long, eventful life and died in England in 1998.

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