Memorial Celebration of the Life of Professor Dorothy Wedderburn

Posted on 07/02/2013

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Professor Dorothy Wedderburn 1925 – 2012

Sunday 17 March 2013, 3pm

The Chapel, Founder’s Building, Royal Holloway

Refreshments will follow in the Picture Gallery

All welcome

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Professor Dorothy Wedderburn was Principal of Bedford College from 1981-85 and Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College from 1985 – 90. She was a distinguished social scientist who made major contributions to scholarship and policy in her field. She was also an academic leader, the main architect behind the merger of Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges, who put in place the sound foundations for Royal Holloway’s current national and international standing.

Born in 1925, Dorothy was educated at Walthamstow High School for Girls and Girton College, Cambridge, where from 1950-1965 she was a Research Officer in the Department of Applied Economics. From 1973 to 1981 she was Professor and Director of the Industrial Sociology Unit at Imperial College, London.

Dorothy served with distinction on the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth (1978), on a government committee that addressed the pay and conditions of nurses, and on the Council of ACAS. From 1976 to 1982 she was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council.

During her Principalship, Dorothy was a Member of the University of London’s Court and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Continuing Education. After retirement she continued as Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College, also serving on Chelsea and Kensington District Health Authority and the Medical Manpower Advisory Committee of the Department of Health. She was on the Board of the Anglo-German Foundation. She brought her experience of university governance to City University, Goldsmiths College, London Guildhall and Loughborough Universities. She was Honorary President of the Fawcett Society from 1986-2002. In 1998-2000 she was Chair of the Committee of Enquiry into Women in Prison. Dorothy Wedderburn received honorary degrees and fellowships from many universities, including an honorary LLD from her alma mater.

Dorothy Wedderburn has left a fund to benefit students from under-privileged backgrounds. Contributions to this fund are now welcome in the spirit of Dorothy’s life’s work in making education accessible to all.

For further information about the fund and the Memorial Celebration please contact Marta Baker, Head of Events T: 01784 443824


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