Rose Whelan Sedgewick

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Rose Whelan Sedgewick
Born Rose Alice Whelan
Brockton, MA, USA
Died 7 June 2000(2000-06-07) (aged 96)
Dunedin, FL, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Rochester
University of Connecticut
Hillyer College
University of Maryland
Doctoral advisor Jacob David Tamarkin

Rose Whelan Sedgewick (circa 1904 – 2000) was a 20th-century 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 of women graduate students and post-doctoral fellows 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. ^ "Rose Whelan Society at Brown University". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Green, Judy; Jeanne LaDuke (2009). Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's. American Mathematical Society. p. 68. ISBN 9780821896747. Retrieved 4 December 2013.