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A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War

January 22, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

The program

While fighting for the right to vote, women mobilized themselves to further science and technology around the world. Enter the laboratory with Dr. Patricia Fara of Cambridge University as she explores how female scientists, doctors, and engineers took on new roles during the First World War. These pioneers in their fields would change the scientific world forever.

The speaker

Dr. Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in History of Science from London. Based at Cambridge University since 1993, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare College and was President of the British Society for the History of Science from 2016-18. Her major research topics are eighteenth-century England and scientific portraits, but she has published a range of academic and popular books on the history of science. Her most recent is A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War (2018) but others include the prize-winning Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009)Newton: The Making of a Genius (2002), and Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (2004). In addition to featuring in TV and radio programs such as In Our Time, she regularly writes reviews and articles for publications such as Nature, The Times Literary Supplement, The Lancet and History Today. She is currently working on a book about Isaac Newton’s final three decades in London when he became Master of the Mint and President of the Royal Society.

Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended.

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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library


January 22
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Linda Hall Library
National World War I Museum and Memorial

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