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.
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.
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.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Fara, Patricia. A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Emling, Shelley. Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family. First edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
- Nelson, Lynn Hankinson. Biology and Feminism: A Philosophical Introduction. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Rayner-Canham, Marelene F., and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham. A Chemical Passion: The Forgotten Story of Chemistry at British Independent Girls’ Schools, 1820s-1930s. London: UCL Institute of Education Press, 2017.