Person: Hayes (2), Ellen Amanda
Ellen Hayes was an American mathematician and astronomer. She was one of the first female American professors.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- At age eight Ellen was sent to Centreville school.
- After completing her own school education, Hayes taught in a country school while she put aside money from her wages to allow her to attend College.
- Hayes' choice of Oberlin College was a fairly natural one.
- It had been called by its present name of Oberlin College for more than twenty years before Hayes began her studies there.
- After graduating Hayes taught for a year at Adrian College in Adrian, Lenawee county, southeast Michigan which had been founded in 1845.
- This private women's college in Wellesley, Massachusetts, had only opened four years before Hayes was appointed there and it was remarkable for a women's college in the United States since it was the first to have scientific laboratories.
- In 1887-88 Hayes observed at the Leander McCormick Observatory of the University of Virginia.
- Hayes remained at Wellesley College from her first appointment in 1879 until her retirement in 1916.
- It was a career that saw Hayes become professor and Head of the Mathematics Department in 1888.
- In 1904 the Department of Applied Mathematics was extended and became the Department of Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, with Hayes still as its Head.
- During her years at Wellesley College, Hayes wrote a number of fine textbooks: Lessons on Higher Algebra (1891); Elementary Trigonometry (1896); Algebra for High Schools and Colleges (1897); and Calculus with Applications, An Introduction to the Mathematical Treatment of Science (1900).
- Getting views across required a sympathetic press and certainly the press were not sympathetic to Hayes.
Born 23 September 1851, Granville, Ohio, USA. Died 27 October 1930, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA.
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Astronomy, Origin Usa, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive