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First woman to hold an academic chair of Geography in the UK

Professor Eva Germaine Rimington Taylor (1879-1966)

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The EGR Taylor lectures, which take place in October every year at the Royal Geographical Society, mark the birthday of our next hidden heroine: Eva Germaine Rimington Taylor.

She was the first woman to hold an academic chair of Geography in the UK: an appointment made by Birkbeck College in 1930. She achieved this feat after winning a scholarship to Royal Holloway College and obtaining a first in Chemistry in 1903.

Taylor also earned a reputation as an excellent lecturer and scholar at several higher education establishments. She wrote several books including Tudor Geography, 1485-1583 (1930) and Late Tudor and Early Stuart Geography (1934).

Her entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states: “Beneath her rather formidable manner, there was a warm-hearted affection, loyalty and an unfailing kindness”. 

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