# Ellen Burrell

Ellen Burrell | |
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Born | Ellen Louisa Burrell June 12, 1850 Lockport, New York |

Died | December 3, 1938 Roxbury, Massachusetts |

Occupation | Mathematics professor |

**Ellen Louisa Burrell** (June 12, 1850 – December 3, 1938) was an American mathematics professor, head of the Department of Pure Mathematics at Wellesley College from 1897 to 1916.

## Early life[edit]

Burrell was born in Lockport, New York, the daughter of Myron Louis Burrell and Mary Jones Burrell. She earned a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1880, in the same class as her future colleagues Katharine Lee Bates and Charlotte Fitch Roberts.^{[1]} She went to Germany for further studies at Göttingen in 1896 and 1897.^{[2]}

## Career[edit]

Burrell taught at Rockford Seminary in Illinois for several years, from 1881 to 1886. She returned to Wellesley to teach in 1886.^{[3]} In 1897, as a solution to her contentious relationship with fellow mathematics professor Ellen Hayes, she was made head of the Department of Pure Mathematics (and Hayes became head of Applied Mathematics).^{[4]} Her department included professors Roxana Vivian and Helen Abbott Merrill.^{[5]} She and Hayes both retired from Wellesley in 1916, and the departments were reunited.^{[6]} She was also curator of the college's herbarium.^{[2]} Her class notes were privately published as "The Number System" and "Synthetic Projection Geometry".^{[4]}

Burrell attended the fourth colloquium of the American Mathematical Society in Boston in 1903,^{[7]} and another 1903 meeting of the society held at Columbia University.^{[8]} She was also active in the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New England.^{[9]} She visited the American School for Girls in Constantinople in 1907.^{[10]}

## Personal life[edit]

Burrell enthusiastically voted for Warren G. Harding for president in 1920.^{[11]} She died in 1938, aged 88 years, in Roxbury, Massachusetts.^{[2]} Her papers are in the Wellesley College Archives.^{[4]}

## References[edit]

**^**Cohen, Arlene (2006-05-31).*Wellesley College*. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4396-3379-3.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}"Miss Ellen Burrell, Long an Educator; Ex-Head of Wellesley College Mathematics Faculty Dies".*The New York Times*. 1938-12-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-10. **^**Palmieri, Patricia A. (1983). "Here Was Fellowship: A Social Portrait of Academic Women at Wellesley College, 1895-1920".*History of Education Quarterly*.**23**(2): 195–214. doi:10.2307/368159. ISSN 0018-2680. JSTOR 368159.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}Palmieri, Patricia Ann (1997-02-27).*In Adamless Eden: The Community of Women Faculty at Wellesley*. Yale University Press. pp. 128–129, 326, n. 67. ISBN 978-0-300-06388-2. **^**Wellesley College,*Legenda*(1915 yearbook): 34.**^**Green, Judy; LaDuke, Jeanne (2009).*Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD's*. American Mathematical Soc. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-8218-4376-5.**^**Cole, F. N. (December 1903). "The Boston Colloquium of the American Mathematical Society" (PDF).*Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society*.**10**(3): 119–120. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1903-01074-X.**^**Cole, F. N. (1903-03-20). "American Mathematical Society".*Science*.**17**(429): 468. doi:10.1126/science.17.429.468-a. ISSN 0036-8075.**^**Francis, William A. (February 1907). "Association of Mathematics Teachers of New England".*School Science and Mathematics*.**7**: 153.**^**"The American College".*Boston Evening Transcript*. 1907-10-17. p. 14. Retrieved 2021-10-10 – via Newspapers.com.**^**"Alumnae Notes".*The Wellesley Alumnae Quarterly*. Wellesley College Alumnae Association. January 1921. p. 125.

## External links[edit]

- Ellen L. Burrell's copy of Paul Bachmann's
*Die Elemente der Zahlentheorie*(1892), at the Mathematical Association of America website