Distinguished mathmatician dies, aged 101

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

Distinguished educationist Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw has died aged 101 after a close association with Lancaster University lasting almost 40 years.

An acclaimed mathematician and politician, Dame Kathleen joined the council of the university and became an honorary research fellow in 1975.

She was a deputy pro-chancellor from 1978 to 1991 and since then has served on the university court, latterly as a life member.

A keen amateur astronomer, she donated her telescope to the university and in 2002 Sir Patrick Moore opened an observatory on the roof of the physics department named after Dame Kathleen.

She was awarded an honorary degree in 1992.

Deaf since the age of eight, Dame Kathleen was a former chairman of Manchester education committee and Lord Mayor of the city, where she was born and died. She was an adviser on education to the Government in the 1980s.

Dame Kathleen was the driving force behind the creation of the Royal Northern College of Music. She was made a dame for services to education and was given the freedom of Manchester.

Her husband Robert died in 1986 and both their son and daughter also died.