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Lister Hospital formerly the Lister Institute 2011

Many prominent early women biochemists educated from the 1880s originated from a few girls’ schools, notably 1. King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham (PDF Document)

A high number then passed to undergraduate studies at Newnham College, Cambridge, including the 2. Balfour Laboratory(PDF Document) , where historians have perceived the emergence of a subculture of womens’ science after 1884

Women and men occupied a more shared space in 3. the Dunn Institute’s (PDF Document) laboratories at Cambridge, which opened forty years later in 1924

4. The Lister Institute (PDF Document)in London hired its first woman biochemist (Harriette Chick) in 1905 and the presence of women in its laboratories prompted comment in the medical press

By the 1930s, however, women accounted a full 40 per cent of 5. the Lister Institute’s (PDF Document) staff, as a notably mixed place for the practice of biochemistry

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