Person: Swart, Hendrika
Henda Swart was the first person to be awarded a doctorate in mathematics from Stellenbosch University. She worked on the geometry of projective planes and graph theory. She became professor of mathematics at the University of KwaZuluNatal and served as editorinchief of the journal Utilitas Mathematica.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 She was named Hendrika Cornelia Scott and only became known as Henda Swart after her marriage to the mathematician John Henry Swart (19402012).
 It was at university that she met John Henry Swart who, after undergraduate studies, earned an M.Sc. from the University of Stellenbosch.
 In addition to teaching at the University of Natal, Swart undertook parttime studies at the University of Stellenbosch aiming at writing a geometry thesis to obtain her doctorate.
 Swart's degree was the first D.Sc. in mathematics awarded by the University of Stellenbosch.
 Swart spent a sabbatical leave at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
 Swart thought that these were exercises for the class and attempted to solve them but was surprised to find that she could not solve some of them.
 Entringer was, however, very impressed with the progress that she had made and this led to a joint publication by Swart and Entringer, Spanning cycles of nearly cubic graphs (1980).
 The date on this paper is slightly confusing since the two authors submitted it for publication in July 1977 while Swart was at the University of New Mexico.
 While on sabbatical at Westfield College, London, Swart met a mathematics student Klaus Vedder.
 The two papers we have just mentioned are the first of nearly 100 papers on graph theory which Swart has written.
 The Society's website gives the following information about Swart.
 Many of Swart's students have explained how positive she was in their development as mathematicians.
 This special person was Professor Henda Swart of the mathematics department of the University of Natal.
 From 2014 until her death, Swart lectured parttime at the University of Cape Town.
Born 1939, South Africa. Died 23 February 2016, South Africa.
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