Mary L. Boas
|Mary L. Boas|
|Died||February 17, 2010
|Alma mater||University of Washington
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Occupation||Mathematician and physicist|
|Known for||Author of Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences|
|Spouse(s)||Ralph P. Boas, Jr.|
|Children||Harold P. Boas|
Mary Layne Boas (1917–2010) was an American mathematician and physics professor best known as the author of Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences (1966), an undergraduate textbook that is still widely used in college classrooms.
She received a bachelor's degree (1938) and a master's degree (1940) in mathematics at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. (1948) in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She taught physics at DePaul University in Chicago for thirty years, retiring in 1987 to return to Washington. Prior to her time at DePaul University, she served as an instructor in the mathematics department at Duke University.
In 2005, at the age of 88, Boas published the third edition of her textbook. She established the Mary L. Boas Endowed Scholarship at the University of Washington in 2008 to recognize outstanding academic achievements by female students in physics.
- Boas, Sherry (7 March 2010). "An exceptional mother-in-law beat the ‘meddling’ stereotype". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 9 June 2010.