Person: Deans, Winifred Margaret
Winifred Deans graduated from Aberdeen and Cambridge. After a period in teaching she joined a Scottish publishing company and translated many important German scientific texts for them. After World War II she worked at the Commonwealth Bureau of Animal Nutrition in Aberdeen.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Winifred studied at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with an MA with First Class Honours in Mathematics in 1922.
- Deans was then appointed Assistant Mathematics and Physics Mistress at the County Secondary School for Girls, in Harrow, but after two years returned to Aberdeen where she was awarded a Diploma in Education in 1927.
- However, Deans decided to leave teaching and, in 1927, took a position as an Assistant Science Editor with Messrs Blackie and Sons, Ltd., who were well-known publishers based in Glasgow.
- With Blackie and Son, Deans used both her knowledge of mathematics and physics, together with her language skills, to become a leading translator of German texts.
- Other translations by Deans include The structure of molecules, written by Peter J W Debye, Perhaps her most famous translations from German to English, however, are Max Born's The restless universe which was published by Blackie and Sons in 1935 and the 1939 publication Greenland journey, the story of Wegener's German expedition to Greenland in 1930-31 as told by members of the expedition and the leader's diary edited by Else Wegener, with the assistance of Dr Fritz Loewe, translated from the 7th German edition by Winifred M Deans.
- The latest acquisition comprises an 'Official Guide: Empire Exhibition Scotland 1938', a season ticket issued to Winifred Deans, and official Exhibition lettercards and postcards showing images of the exhibition sites and buildings, in both sepia and colour views.
Born 9 October 1901, New Milton, Hampshire, England. Died 7, Jun 1990, Milltimber, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive