The ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th century society, by Elisabetta Strickland

12/19/2016

Elisabetta Strickland has just published a book The ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th century society  and there is another recent book  Mary Somerville and the World of Science by Allan Chapman.

Mary Somerville  (1780 – 1872)  was a remarkable self-taught Scottish mathematician and scientist. The famous Oxford women’s college Somerville  was named after her. She has just been selected to have her portrait featured on a new Scottish £10 note, see the  interesting article  on P.22 of the January 2016 LMS newsletter by Brigitte Stenhouse, who has been researching her papers which are deposited in the Somerville college archives.