Person: Wales, Muriel Kennett
Muriel Wales was born in Northern Ireland but lived in Canada from the age of one. In 1941 she was awarded a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto. She worked at the Montreal Laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada but from 1950 worked as a claims agent for her step-father's shipping company.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- George Frederick Wales, who worked in a shipping company, was not a Canadian, for he was born in Margate in England.
- A baby boy was born to George and Alice Wales in 1917 but he died within a couple of days.
- Muriel Wales studied at the University of British Columbia and was awarded a B.A. in 1934 and an M.A. three years later.
- At the time that Wales undertook research in Toronto, Beatty was Head of the Mathematics Department and also Dean of the Faculty of Arts.
- Wales was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Toronto in 1941 for her 80-page thesis Theory of algebraic functions based on the use of cycles.
- After the award of her doctorate, Wales was engaged in government research work in Toronto.
- George Wales died in 1959 and Alice Wales died in 1979.
- Muriel Wales had retired by 1972 and she continued to live at 1622 Grant Street, Vancouver.
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Born 9 June 1913, Belfast, Ireland. Died 8 August 2009, Vancouver, Canada.
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Origin Ireland, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive