University of Cambridge

Professor Violet Cane (1916-2008)

Violet Cane

Professor Violet Cane died peacefully on June 27th, 2008, at the age of 92.

One of the very first students on the Cambridge Diploma in Mathematical Statistics, she became a skilled practical statistician, while developing some interesting theoretical ideas, notably in physics.

She became a stalwart of Newnham College, and known more generally as a person of great kindness. She returned to the Statistical Laboratory in 1960, from when her progress can be followed in the gallery of annual photographs.

For many years she was a Councillor of the City of Cambridge, maintaining a firm and effective interest across the whole spectrum of Council interests, but notably in traffic and education. The sturdiness and independence she showed in University matters were now manifested in a more public forum, as was her readiness to take on responsibility. In 1971 she was appointed Professor of Statistics in the University of Manchester, where she was successful in restoring a group which had passed through some travail.

On retirement she returned to her cottage in Little St. Mary's Lane, Cambridge, where she resumed her associations with Newnham College and the Statistical Laboratory, for years providing a hearthside for friends and close colleagues.

Professor Cane's funeral will be on Thursday 24th July at the East Chapel of Cambridge Crematorium at 12.15 if anyone would like to attend.

Extract from the Cambrige Evening News Thursday 10th July 2008.

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