Mary L. Boas
Mary L. Boas
|Born||March 10, 1917|
|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 was still widely used in college classrooms as of 1999.
Education and career
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.
- "Mary Elizabeth Layne Boas's obituary in The Seattle Times". The Seattle Times. 2010-02-20.
- DePaul Department of Physics Archived 2010-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Boas, Mary (2005-07-22). "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 3rd Edition". Wiley.com. ISBN 978-0-471-19826-0.
- Spector, Donald (1999). "Book Reviews". American Journal of Physics. 67 (2): 165–169. Bibcode:1999AmJPh..67..165R. doi:10.1119/1.19216.
- Univ. Wash. Department of Physics awards
- Boas, Sherry (7 March 2010). "An exceptional mother-in-law beat the 'meddling' stereotype". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 9 June 2010.