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FIRST WOMEN: First Nigerian Woman To Obtain A Ph.D. Degree In Mathematics


Professor Olabisi Ugbebor is the first Nigerian  woman to have a PhD in mathematics at the age of 25.

Born in Lagos, Professor Olabisi attended Queen’s College, Lagos and proceeded to Cambridge Higher School Certificate.

During her time at Queen’s College, she taught her classmates mathematical topics that seemed difficult for them.

In 1969, she won a Federal Government  scholarship to study mathematics at University of Ibadan, where she was the only female student in her class of seven, and graduated in 1972 with Second Class Upper Honours degree in mathematics.

The University of Ibadan later sponsored her to the University of London, the First University Statistics Department in the world,  for her masters programme in 1973 and her PhD in 1976 at age 25

Professor Olabisi is also the first Nigerian woman to be appointed Ag. Head, Department of Mathematics, University of Ibadan.

She is a Reciprocity member of the London Mathematical Society; she is also a member of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, member of the Mathematics Association of Nigeria, member of the African Economic Society, and a member of the Third World Organisation of Women in Science, Italy.

An associate Professor of the Mathematics Department in University of Ibadan, she still derives pleasure in imparting knowledge.

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  1. Becky Geh

    Becky Geh

    September 11, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    congrat maam

  2. CHi Di

    CHi Di

    September 14, 2017 at 6:40 am

    She is my lecturer. And she’s very very very good!

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