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Agnes Baxter Born Halifax, Nova Scotia March 18, 1879 Died March 9, 1917. In 1891 she was the first woman to receive a degree from Dalhousie University in Mathematics. She also won the Sir William Young Gold Medal. She continued her studies and earned her Masters degree in mathematics at Dalhousie before winning a fellowship and earning her PhD at Cornell University in the U.S.A. She was the fourth woman to receive a PhD. in Mathematics in North America and the second woman to do so in Canada. In 1988 Dalhousie University dedicated the Agnes Baxter Reading Room in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing Science.
Louise Duffield Cummings Born Hamilton, Ontario 1870. Died 1947. Following her education at the University of Toronto she continued her studies in mathematics on a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Bryn Mawr College in the U.S.A. where she would earn her PhD in mathematics in 1914. She was a full professor at Vassar from 1902 until her retirement in 1936. She contributed some dozen research papers in leading mathematics journals during her career.
Katherine Heinrich (née Roderick)  Born Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia February 21, 1954. She earned her B. Math and her PhD at the University of Newcastle. She started her teaching career at the University of Arizona and moved to British Columbia in 1980 to work at Simon Fraser University. She is active in promoting the importance of mathematics and the need of numerate citizens and encouraging and supporting women in mathematics and the sciences. She was Chair of the Education committee of the Canadian Mathematics Society and moved up to be Vice President in 1993 and President in 1996-1998. She is the author of various reports and numerous articles in her chosen field. in 1995 she received the Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Health and Education.
Annie MacKinnon Fitch Born Woodstock, Ontario 1868. Died September 12, 1940. She completed her studies at the masters level at the University of Kansas and continued in her education in mathematics earning a PhD. from Cornell University in 1894. Returning from studies in Europe in 1896 she began her career at Wells College as professor and Registrar. She was elected to the American mathematics Society in 1897. She was also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the League of Women Voters. She devoted time and energy to encouraging women to take a spirited interest in local, state and national communities.
Yoshiko Kasahara Born Tokyo, Japan March 25, 1912. Died December 6, 1966. In 1950 she received a scholarship to work in post graduate studies at the University of Texas. She also received an MA in mathematics at the University of Michigan and worked for her PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan. Dr Kasahara  moved to Canada in 1956 where she joined the Census Division of Statistics Canada and then the Central Research and Development Staff. She specialized in demographic research but participated actively in a large variety of projects. She published numerous  papers, distinctive reports and represented Canada at a number of international conferences with distinction. The high professional standards that she applied to her work were also evident in her hobby of photography. An accomplished linguist she was also a stimulating conversationalist.
Cecilia Krieger Born Jaslo, Poland April 9, 1894. Died August 17, 1974. She began her studies at the University of Vienna but moved to the University of Toronto and earned her B.A., M.A. and PhD by 1930. She was the first Canadian woman to earn a mathematics doctorate. She was a instructor, lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Toronto retiring only in 1962. She continued teaching at Upper Canada College until her death. The Canadian Mathematical Society now awards the CMS Krieger-Nelson Prize lectureship for Distinguished Research by Women in Mathematics in honour of Cecilia Krieger and Evalyn Nelson. She encouraged her students in their studies in mathematics and engineering and was an active participant in the Canadian Association of University Women.
Cathleen Morawetz (née Synge) Born Toronto, Ontario May 5, 1923. She began her studies in mathematics by obtaining her B.A. at the University of Toronto. She continued her studies by earning a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946 and she earned her PhD. at New York University in 1951.  She has contributed to several esteemed scientific associations and was the first woman to belong to the Applied Mathematics Section of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. In 1997 she received the Krieger-Nelson Award from the Canadian Mathematical Society in recognition of her outstanding research.  Married with four children she has been recognized by the National Organization for Women for combining a successful career and family. In 2004 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Mathematical Society to recognize the cumulative influence of her total mathematical work.
Evelyn Merle Nelson (née Roden) Born Hamilton, Ontario November 25, 1943. Died August 1, 1987. Her parents were Russian immigrants who supported their daughter all the way through her studies.  She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Mathematics-physics-chemistry honours program then transferred to McMaster University in Hamilton. Shortly after she married Mort Nelson. She graduated in 1965 at the top of her class and began her post graduated studies receiving her Master’s degree in 1967 followed in 1970 with a PhD from McMaster. She gave birth to her first child while writing her thesis which was published in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics. She began a teaching career at McMaster and was promoted to full professor in 1983. She served as editor of Algebra Universalis. She also chaired, 1982-1984 the Unit of Computer Science within the mathematics department at the University. The Canadian Mathematical Society now awards the CMS Krieger-Nelson Prize for Distinguished Research by Women in Mathematics in honour of Cecilia Krieger and Evelyn Nelson. Source: Evelyn M. Nelson  www.agnescott.edu accessed November 2002.         
Nancy Margaret  Reid Born September 17, 1952. Starting out in computer studies she soon learned that she preferred statistics. She earned her B.A. from The University of Waterloo in Ontario, her masters' from the University of British Columbia and her PhD. from Stanford University (U.S.A.) in 1979. She is currently a Professor of Statistics at the University of Toronto where she has taught since 1986 and served as Chair of the department from 1997-2002. an elected member of several distinguished societies and associations in her field she was the winner of the President's Award of the Committee of Statistical Societies in 1992. The award recognized outstanding contribution to the profession of statistics. In 1995 she was the first recipient of the Krieger-Nelson Prize lectureship for distinguished research by a woman in mathematics. She has produced over 50 journal publications in statistics as well as three major books in the field. All of this while being an mother of two active children!.
   
   
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