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Cecilia Krieger

Cecilia Krieger was the first woman to graduate with a PhD in mathematics from a Canadian university. As a Jewish immigrant, she worked to translate Polish mathematics texts into English, making them available to wider audiences.

A portrait Illustration of Cecilia Krieger.

Mathematician and Educator

Cecilia Krieger holds the distinction of being the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics from a Canadian university. For over three decades, she imparted her knowledge as a dedicated mathematics and physics instructor at the University of Toronto. Krieger’s scholarly contributions expanded beyond teaching, as she became known for her English translations of notable mathematical texts, Introduction to General Typology and General Typology.

A true advocate for women’s education, Krieger’s work with the Canadian Association of University Women‘s Fellowship Committee helped empower women, mathematicians included, to pursue higher education.

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Further Resources
Explore Krieger’s story in The Canadian Encyclopedia

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