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Edmonds, Sheila, 1916-2002 (mathematician)



  • Existence: 1916 - 2002


Sheila Edmonds was born on 01 April 1916. She was educated at Wimbledon High School and studied mathematics at Newnham College from 1935 to 1938. Edmonds placed in the First Class in Part II of the Mathematics Tripos and gained a distinction in Part III, but was unable to obtain a full Cambridge degree as women were ineligible until 1947. After her undergraduate studies, Edmonds worked as a research student under the supervision of G. H. Hardy. While undertaking this research she spent a year at Westfield College, London and another at the University of Paris. She completed her doctoral thesis in 1944.

Over her academic career, Edmonds held the positions of Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, and Director of Studies in Mathematics at Newnham College. She became the Vice-Principal of the College in 1960, a position she held until her retirement in 1981. For sixteen years she was a member of the University Faculty Board for Mathematics and was its Chair in 1975 and 1976. She served as a Syndic for the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) from 1976 to 1987, and was involved in the work of many Syndicate committees.

Sheila Edmonds died on 02 September 2002.