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Mary (Everest) Boole (1832 - aft. 1916)

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Mary Boole formerly Everest
Born in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Died after in Kensington, London, Englandmap
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Mary Everest was a self-taught mathematician and the wife of George Boole. She was also the niece of George Everest.

Mary Everest Boole

Mary Everest was born 11 March 1832 in Wickwar, Gloucestershire, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Roupall Everest, the Rector of Wickwar, and Mary Ryall. She spent her early years in France, where she was tutored in mathematics. She returned to England at age 11, and continued her self-education in Mathematics.

Mary met George Boole in Cork, Ireland in1850, when she went to visit her uncle, John Ryall, who was a professor of Greek at Queen's College Cork. Mary and George became friends, and George began tutoring her in mathematics. They married in 1855, after Mary's father died and left her destitute.[1]

Despite a 17-year age difference, Mary and George had a happy marriage. They had five daughters by 1864: Mary Ellen, Margaret, Alicia, Lucy, and Ethel Lilian. Mary advised her husband in his work, and often attended his lectures, which women did not do during the that time period.

Mary became widowed at the age of 32 in 1864. She became a librarian at Queen's College, London, although she wanted to teach. But during this time, women were not allowed to teach or earn degrees. Mary began privately tutoring students in mathematics, using fun methods such as "curve-stitching".

At he age of 50, Mary began publishing books on a variety of topics. Besides mathematics, her interests included spiritualism, the occult, parapsychology, philosophy, and science. She wrote five books by 1911.

Mary's health began to fail and she died in 1916 at the age of 84, in Kensington, London, England. [2]


  1. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Mary Everest, 1855; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1855, quarter 3, vol. 6A, p. 278, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 31 December 2014), Mary Boole, 1916; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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