Ollerenshaw, Dame Kathleen Mary

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Dame Kathleen Mary Ollerenshaw, née Timpson, DBE (born 1 October 1912) is a British mathematician and politician who was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1975 to 1976 and an advisor on educational matters to Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s.  Autograph Slip Writing Signed, 03/22/1976 -  6 x 8 Folio:  written in blk ink on flesh color stationery from Town Hall, Manchester England with a gold tone crest/seal of Lord Mayor, of Manchester; and a  center crease with no appearance of age-toning overall, extra fine condition. 

" Deaf since the age of eight, she loved doing arithmetic problems as a child. As a young woman, she attended St Leonards School and Sixth Form College in St Andrews, Scotland where today the house of young male boarders is named after her.

At the age of 19, she gained admittance to Somerville College, Oxford to study mathematics. She completed her doctorate at Somerville in 1945 on "Critical Lattices" under the supervision of Theo Chaundy.

She wrote five original research papers which were sufficient for her to earn her DPhil degree without the need of a formal written thesis.

While an undergraduate, she became engaged to Colonel Robert Ollerenshaw, who became a distinguished military surgeon, a pioneer of medical illustration, and was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester from 1978 to 1979. They married in September 1939.

After the Second World War, the Ollerenhaws moved to Manchester, where Kathleen worked as a part-time lecturer in the mathematics department at Manchester University and continued her work on lattices.

In 1949, at the age of 37, she received her first effective hearing aid.

Ollerenshaw served as a Conservative Councillor for Rusholme for twenty-six years (1956-1981), was Lord Mayor of Manchester (1975-1976), and the prime motivator in the creation of the Royal Northern College of Music.

She was made a Freeman of the City of Manchester and was an advisor on educational matters to Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s."