Mary Boole

(1832—1916) scholar and educationist

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Mary Everest was born in Wickwar, Gloucestershire on 11 March 1832, the daughter of the rector of Wickwar, the Revd Thomas Roupell Everest, and Mary Rydal Everest, and died near Notting Hill on 17 May 1916. Mary's husband was the famous Irish algebraist and logician, George Boole; her uncle was Sir George Everest, a Surveyor General of India during the early nineteenth century after whom Mount Everest was named. The poor health of Mary Everest's father caused him to take a leave of absence from his parish for six years and move his family to Poissy in France. The reason for the change in residence was to be near and to be treated by Samuel Hahnemann, the ‘father’ of homeopathic medicine. Although the ‘cure ‘prescribed by Hahnemann was harsh, the Revd Everest insisted his whole family follow the routine. Hahnemann's philosophy on physical health and mental health, ‘suffered’ by all, had an impact on Mary Everest's later thought and lifestyle, as early rising and daily exercise were part of her routine until late in her life. Hahnemann's influence on the importance of observation permeates Mary Everest's writings on educational pedagogy; his ideas on the power of the mind influenced her writings and discussion. She lived in France between the ages of five and eleven. At first, she studied in a French day school, later with a private tutor.


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