Changing Women's Lives: A Biography Of Dame Rosemary Murray by Alison WilsonChanging Women's Lives: A Biography Of Dame Rosemary Murray by Alison Wilson

Changing Women's Lives: A Biography Of Dame Rosemary Murray

byAlison Wilson

Hardcover | February 15, 2015

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Changing Women’s Lives is the first truly comprehensive biography of Dame Rosemary Murray (1913-2004), one of England’s earliest and most impressive female scientists. Murray was one of the first women at Oxford to achieve a PhD in chemistry, before beginning her academic career as a lecturer at Royal Holloway College. After the start of World War II, Murray struck out on a new leadership path by enlisting in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, where she served from 1942 to 1946, reaching the rank of Chief Officer. After the war, Murray taught chemistry at the University of Cambridge, where she became interested in women’s education after witnessing a long battle over women’s rights to university degrees. She poured her energy into New Hall, now aptly named Murray Edwards College, where she taught and became president before eventually moving on to become the first female vice-chancellor of Cambridge.
Incorporating extensive interviews that Alison Wilson conducted with Murray, Changing Women’s Lives is a powerful and inspiring look at one woman’s struggle for gender equality in England’s educational system. With a foreword by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Changing Women’s Lives provides a fascinating look at one of the twentieth century’s most influential chemists and educators.
Alison Wilson was librarian of Murray Edwards College, formerly known as New Hall, University of Cambridge, from 1993 to 2010.
Title:Changing Women's Lives: A Biography Of Dame Rosemary MurrayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.9 inPublished:February 15, 2015Publisher:Unicorn Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910065331

ISBN - 13:9781910065334


Table of Contents

Foreword by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Author’s Preface
1: The Admiral’s daughter
2: Early life and schooldays
3: Launching out: Neuchâtel and Oxford
4: Student days
5: Royal Hollowoy College and Sheffield University: the outbreak of war
6: Life in the WRNS
7: The Girton years
8: The Third Foundation for Women
9: New Hall: early days as a Limited Company
10: New Hall: from Approved Foundation to College
11: University responsibilities
12: Vice-Chancellor
13: The final years at New Hall
14: Retirement
List of Illustrations