02 Jun 2022

Louise Petrén day 2022

Louise Petrén was the first woman to earn a PhD degree in Mathematics in Sweden, and that she did at Lund University in 1911. Louise worked on partial differential equations, with a special interest in symmetry. She was not allowed to develop her potential further after her degree, as a woman could not obtain a position at Lund University at that time. Instead she became a part-time schoolteacher and actuary, and raised a family of four children.

At the 111th anniversary of Louise’s dissertation, we wish to establish a new tradition at Lund University to honor Louise Petrén, namely a named lecture, and to host an event dedicated to her memory and to encourage mathematics students to pursue PhD studies.