CEOHP collection summaries: Winifred Asprey

Winifred Asprey

Location(s) where grew up: Iowa, USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: Bachelor's degree at Vassar College in New York, USA; Master's and Ph.D. at University of Iowa

Location(s) where employed: taught a few years in Chicago, IL USA; most of career spent at Vassar College in New York, USA

Career stage when interviewed: Retired (in 1982) but still active at Vassar; deceased in 2007

Areas of interest: Mathematics and computer science; a leader in approaches to teaching computer science within a program of study

Highlights: Was one of about 200 women to earn a PhD in mathematics in the 1940s; pioneering efforts building a CS program of study during the 1960s; taught math and CS at Vassar College for 38 years; founded Vassar's CS Dept. in 1963

Interviewed March 23, 2007 by Viera Proulx