Mary Everest Boole was a self-taught mathematician who is most well known as an author of didactic works on mathematics, such as Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, and as the wife of fellow mathematician George Boole. Her life is of interest to feminists as an example of how women made careers in an academic system that did not welcome them.
She was born Mary Everest in England, the daughter of a minister, Thomas Everest. Her uncle, George Everest, gave his name to Mount Everest. She spent the first part of her life in France. Her education in mathematics came from a tutor and from self-study prior to her introduction to her future husband.