Rose Whelan Sedgewick

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Rose Whelan Sedgewick
Rose Alice Whelan

Died7 June 2000(2000-06-07) (aged 96)
Alma materBrown University
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Rochester
University of Connecticut
Hillyer College
University of Maryland
Doctoral advisorJacob David Tamarkin

Rose Whelan Sedgewick (c. 1904 – 2000) was an American mathematician. She was the first person to earn a PhD in mathematics from Brown University, in 1929.[1] Her subsequent career in mathematics included assistant professorships at the University of Rochester, the University of Connecticut, Hillyer College, and the University of Maryland.[2]

Sedgewick is the namesake of the Rose Whelan Society at Brown, an organization for women and gender minorities who are graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty in pure and applied in mathematics.[3] She was married to fellow mathematician Charles H.W. Sedgewick and had four children.[4] She died on June 7, 2000, at the age of 96.[2]

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  1. ^ "Obituaries". Brown Alumni Magazine. September–October 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "St. Petersburg Times Obituaries". St. Petersburg Times. 13 June 2000. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "The Rose Whelan Society". Department of Mathematics, Brown University. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  4. ^ Green, Judy; LaDuke, Jeanne (2009). "Sedgewick, Rose Whelan". Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's. American Mathematical Society. p. 68. ISBN 9780821896747. Retrieved 4 December 2013. Biography on p.548-551 of the Supplementary Material at AMS