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Margaret Osler Papers, 1912-2010

Timeline for Margaret Osler

1942 Margaret Jo Osler is born on November 27 in New York City, NY, to Abraham and Sonia Osler. The Oslers move to Baltimore, MD shortly thereafter, where Margaret is raised.
1959 Graduates from Forest Park High School in Baltimore.
During her adolescence in Baltimore, Osler becomes involved in the civil rights movement.
1963 Graduates from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
Accepted into Indiana University’s graduate program, where her graduate supervisor is noted historian of science Richard S. Westfall.
1965 Becomes a member of the History of Science Society.
1966 At Indiana University, receives her Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science after completing her thesis, Pierre Gassendi: A Study of the Philosophical Foundations of the New Science.
Awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
1967 Receives a Research Assistantship in Indiana University’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science.
1968 Receives her Ph. D. from Indiana University after completing her doctoral dissertation, titled John Locke and Some Philosophical Problems in the Science of Boyle and Newton.
Accepts a dual teaching position as Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University.
1970 Hired as an Assistant Professor of History at Harvey Mudd College.
1974 Accepts a one-year teaching position at Wake Forest University as Assistant Professor of History.
Collaborating with James Brookes Spencer, Osler publishes an article, "Physical Sciences, History of," in Encyclopædia Brittanica.
1975 Accepts the position of Assistant Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
Wallace Hooper becomes the first graduate student whose thesis is supervised by Osler.
1977 Promoted to Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
1979 Contributes to a book of essays titled Probability, Time and Space in Eighteenth-Century Literature.
1989 Awarded the Izaak Walton Killam Resident Fellowship by the University of Calgary.
1991 Organizes a conference, "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge."
1994 Publishes her first book, Divine Will and the Mechanical Philosophy: Gassendi and Descartes on Contingency and Necessity in the Created World.
1995 Promoted to Full Professor of History at the University of Calgary.
1996 Awarded a research grant by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In the same year, Osler also receives a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
1997 Awarded an Annual Fellowship from The Calgary Institute for the Humanities.
1998 Accepts a second teaching position at the University of Calgary as Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.
2002 Offered a three-year term as an advisory editor of Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society.
Dr. Betty Flagler, Osler's friend and life partner, dies at the age of 55.
2004 Attends a doctoral seminar at the Centro Interdepartmentale di Studi su Descartes e il Seicento, University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy.
Divine Will and the Mechanical Philosophy: Gassendi and Descartes on Contingency and Necessity in the Created World is reprinted.
2010 Publishes her second book, Reconfiguring the World: Nature, God, and Human Understanding in Early Modern Europe. It is released in July.
On September 15, Margaret Osler dies, shortly after receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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