Dr. May Annetts Smith

Dr. May Annetts Smith was the first female member of the academic staff in the Department of Physics at the University of Manitoba.

Prior to her arrival at the UofM, she received her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1928, 1929, and 1933, respectively. She spent some time at the UofT where she worked as a demonstrator and research assistant before moving to Europe to conduct research in Uppsala, Sweden. In 1936, Dr. Annetts married Clarence E. Smith and relocated to England. Three years later, following the outbreak of the Second World War, Dr. Smith and her husband returned to Canada, where her husband joined the Department of Social work and she joined the Department of Physics as a lecturer, both at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Smith spend 8 years (1941-1949) in the Department of Physics and subsequently accepted a lectureship in mathematics. In the early 1950s, Dr. Smith and her husband moved to Montreal, QC for faculty positions at McGill University. Not much information is known about the journey and career of Dr. May Annetts Smith, but her legacy continues as a history making future in the story of the Faculty of Science and Department of Physics.

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