Derick, Carrie Matilda National Historic Person
Carrie Derick, Professor of Botany
(© William Notman / McGill University Archives, PR014514)
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1862 to 1941
Derick, Carrie Matilda
Carrie Matilda Derick (1862–1941)
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Existing plaque: McGill University, Montréal, Quebec
This brilliant student, inspired teacher, and pioneer in the field of genetics attained international recognition as a botanist and made an outstanding contribution to both academic and popular science. She was the first woman to attain the rank of professor at a Canadian university with her appointment to the Department of Botany at McGill in 1912. Her achievement came despite opposition from her colleagues, at a time when women were discouraged from pursuing scholarly careers. As a suffrage activist and a social reformer, Derick worked tirelessly to promote her far-reaching vision of political and educational equality for women.
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