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Principal & Vice Chancellor dedicates the Dr Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room

Monday 03 April 2017

On Thursday 30th March the Principal & Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sally ‌‌‌Mapstone officially dedicated our Reading Room to Dr Ettie Stewart Steele. Dr Steele was the first female student to present a thesis for Ph.D in St Andrews  (1919, “The structure of mannitol”) and the first woman Lecturer (1920) in Chemistry. She worked her entire career at St Andrews and retired in 1956.


History in the making:  The photo above shows Professor Sharon Ashbrook (left) and Professor Alex Slawin (right) after the ceremony. Alex was the first woman Professor of Chemistry in St Andrews (2004) and Sharon (2013) is the second…we need some more!