Posted on 24/07/2012
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale DBE FRS
BSc Physics, 1922 Bedford College
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale was one of the first two women to be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1945. She paved the way in a male-dominated world for the many women who followed in her footsteps. Kathleen was an X-ray crystallographer who rose from the most humble background to become one of the best-known workers in her field. She was Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department of Crystallography at University College, London, and was among the first to determine the structures of organic molecules.