Born in Metz, France, to Polish-Jewish parents, I immigrated to New York with my family in 1946 ...having spent part of World War II as refuges in Switzerland.
After earning a B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College, I obtained both a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University...the process somewhat interupted by the birth of my twin boys.
After teaching mathematics at Mount Holyoke, I moved to the University of Illinois--Chicago.
Eventually, I became the Chair of the Department of Mathematics, becoming the only female head of a major research-oriented university mathematics department.
My areas of research included mathematical logic, recursive function theory, computational complexity theory, and theoretical computer science.
I was a founding member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and now one of their awards is named in my honor.
Louise Schmir Hay (1935 - 1989)