Olabisi Ugbebor

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Olabisi Ugbebor
Professor of Mathematics at University of Ibadan
Personal details
BornGrace Olabisi Falode
(1951-01-29) 29 January 1951 (age 67)
Lagos State
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan
(Bachelor of Science in Mathematics)
University College London
(Postgraduate diploma in Statistics)
University College London
(Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics)

Olabisi Oreofe Ugbebor (née Grace Olabisi Falode, born 29 January 1951)[1] is the first female professor in mathematics in Nigeria.[2][3] Born in Lagos, she studied mathematics at the University of Ibadan and then at the University of London, where she obtained a PhD in 1976.[2][4]

Education and academic career[edit]

Born in Lagos, Ugbebor had her secondary education at Queen's College, Lagos. She completed her first degree in Mathematics from University of Ibadan in 1972. In 1973, she had a postgraduate diploma in statistics at University College London, before completing her thesis on Sample Path Properties of Brownian Motion (1976) at the age of 25. While at Unibadan, she was the only female in class. She is also the first Nigerian woman to get a PhD and become a professor in Mathematics.[5] In 2017, she was made a Fellow of the Mathematics Association of Nigeria.[6]


  1. ^ "Professor O.O. Ugbebor". Faculty of Science. University of Ibadan. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Nigeria's queen of Mathematics". The Nation Nigeria. 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  3. ^ Erinosho, Stella Yemisi (1994-01-01). Perspectives on women in science and technology in Nigeria. Sam Bookman.
  4. ^ Olabisi Ugbebor at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ "Meet Professor Olabisi Ugbebor, First Nigerian Woman To Obtain A Ph.D. Degree In Mathematics". fab.ng. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  6. ^ "Adeboye, 3 women mathematicians bag highest award". Vanguard. Retrieved 2018-02-18.

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