Frances Kirwan Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

02/14/2014

Frances  Kirwan has  been made  `Dame',  the female equivalent of `Sir'. More precisely,  in the 2014 New Year's UK Honours sha was appointed `Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire' (DBE) for `services to mathematics', see http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/24004.

 

 Frances was EWM convenor  2008-9, see 

http://www.europeanwomeninmaths.org/women-in-math/portrait/frances-kirwan

For more about Frances' many mathematical acheivements and distinctions, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Kirwan

 

 

Being made Sir/Dame is an honour acheived by very few mathematicians, 

and the only previous female to be so honoured was Dame Mary Cartwright. 

For an explanation of the recondite details of the British honours system, see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_British_Empire

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