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Leicester Special Collections

Pioneering Women

E.N. Miles Thomas and students in the Botany Laboratory, Fielding Johnson Building.

E.N. Miles Thomas and students in the Botany Laboratory, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester.

Embedded within the University’s history is a legacy of pioneering women who through ground breaking research and a passion for their discipline, have contributed to the University’s role as an institution which supports research and enables discovery.

The following individuals are just a small selection of female staff members who can be identified as pioneers in their field:

  • Dr Joan Walker, pioneer in diabetic research and founder of the Leicester Diabetics Clinic

 

  • Dr Mariette Soman, established the School of German at the University College in 1933

  • Dr Winifred Tutin, a key figure in the University College’s Department of Botany during the mid-late 20th century. Both her research and her published repertoire have majorly influenced the standard of academic and scientific study at the University.

 

  • Dr E. N. Miles Thomas, was one of the first lecturers at the newly founded University College, working within the Department of Botany