Carrie Derick

Carrie Derick
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Carrie Derick in Toronto at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, August 1924[1]
Born(1862-01-14)January 14, 1862
Clarenceville, Canada East
DiedNovember 10, 1941(1941-11-10) (aged 79)
Montreal, Quebec
NationalityCanadian
OccupationGeneticist; Botanist
Known forCanada's first female professor

Carrie Matilda Derick (January 14, 1862 – November 10, 1941)[2] was a Canadian botanist and geneticist, the first female professor in a Canadian university, and the founder of McGill University's Genetics Department.[3][4]

Early life and education

Born in the Eastern Townships in Clarenceville, Canada East (now Quebec) in 1862, Derick was educated at the Clarenceville Academy (a Montreal grammar school).[3][5][6] She began teaching by the age of fifteen.[5][6] Derick later received teacher training at the McGill Normal School, graduating in 1881 as a Prince of Wales Gold Medal winner.[2][7] She then went on to become a school teacher in Clarenceville and Montreal, and later serving as a principal (at the age of nineteen) of the Clarenceville Academy.[5][6][2][8]

In 1889, Derick pursued a B.A. from McGill University, and graduated in 1890, at the top of her class in natural science with first-class honours, the highest GPA (94%) that year, and received the Logan Gold Medal.[3][5][6][2][7][8] Her graduating class included two other notable Canadian women: Elizabeth Binmore and Maude Abbott. She began teaching at the Trafalgar Institute for Girls in 1890, while also working part-time as McGill's first female botany demonstrator.[3][6][2]

In 1891, Derick began her master's program at McGill under David Penhallow and received her M.A. in botany within four years (1896), while holding two simultaneous jobs.[3][2][1] She then attended the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1901 and completed the research required for a Ph.D. but was not awarded an official doctorate since the University of Bonn did not give women Ph.D. degrees at the time.[3][6][2][9]

Derick also studied at Harvard University for three summers, the Royal College of Science, London in 1898, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts for seven summers.[6][2][7]

Other Languages
العربية: كاري ديريك
asturianu: Carrie Derick
Cymraeg: Carrie Derick
español: Carrie Derick
euskara: Carrie Derick
فارسی: کری دریک
français: Carrie Derick
עברית: קארי דריק