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Mary Everest Boole


Writer and educator. Daughter of Thomas Roupell Everest, vicar of Wickwar, Gloucestershire, and his wife Mary Ryall. Educated privately in France. In 1852, studied calculus with George Boole, whom she married in 1855. Librarian, Queen’s College, London, 1865–73. Secretary to the doctor and philosopher James Hinton from 1873. Popular writer on mathematics and philosophy. Originator of Boole’s Sewing Cards, an aid in teaching geometry. Many of her works focused on the psychology of learning.





BDWS: Biographical dictionary of women in science: pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century. Edited by Marilyn Ogilvie and Joy Harvey. 2 vols. New York and London: Routledge. 2000.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.