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British mathematician Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw was born on October 1st 1912 and photographed in 2012 at the age of 100 speaking at an event celebrating her centenary. During her long life her interest in politics led to her being elected Lord Mayor of her home city of Manchester and to her award of the DBE for services to education. Although having published many academic papers throughout her life on her mathematics specialism of most-perfect pan-diagonal magic squares, her first book on this subject was not written and published until she was 86 years old. Her wide interests have also encompassed astronomy and music.
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