Derick, Carrie Matilda National Historic Person

Montréal, Quebec
Carrie Derick, Professor of Botany, McGill University (© William Notman / McGill University Archives, PR014514)
Carrie Derick, Professor of Botany
(© William Notman / McGill University Archives, PR014514)
Address : McGill University, Montréal, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2007-06-08
Life Date: 1862 to 1941

Other Name(s):
  • Derick, Carrie Matilda  (Designation Name)
  • Carrie Matilda Derick (1862–1941)  (Other Name)
Research Report Number: 2005-012, 2005-089

Importance: Outstanding contribution to science in both the academic and popular spheres; first woman to be appointed to a full professorship in Canada

Plaque(s)


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.