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Dr Patricia Fara: A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in World War One

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A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in World War One

At the end of World War One, women won the battle for the vote, but they lost the fight for equality. For four years, female scientists and doctors had proved they could succeed in careers traditionally reserved for men. But after the Armistice, conventional hierarchies were rapidly re-established. One hundred years later, they still have not been completely overturned.

Dr Patricia Fara

Dr Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford and a PhD in History of Science from London. Now based at Cambridge University, she is the Senior Tutor of Clare College and lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science Department. 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 major publication is Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) but others include Newton: The Making of Genius (2002), Sex, Botany and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks (2003) and Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (2004). In addition to her work for TV and radio she regularly writes reviews and articles for publications such as Nature, The Times Literary Supplement, BBC Knowledge and Endeavour.

Patricia has just finished a book (to be published early 2018) on women and science during WW1.


All welcome. This keynote lecture is part of the University of Brighton's week-long Festival of Postgraduate Research. For festival details go here.

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