Lucy Everest Boole

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Lucy Everest Boole
Born 5 August 1862
Cork, Ireland
Died 5 December 1904(1904-12-05) (aged 42)
Fields Chemistry, pharmacy
Institutions London School of Medicine for Women

Lucy Everest Boole (5 August 1862 – 5 December 1904) was a British chemist and pharmacist and professor at the London School of Medicine for Women. She was the first female Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.

Early life and education[edit]

Boole was born in 1862 in Cork, Ireland, where her father, mathematician and logician George Boole, was professor at Queen's College. Her mother, Mary Everest Boole, was a self-taught mathematician with an interest in pedagogy. Lucy had four sisters, many of whom were also notable. Her sister Alicia Boole was a mathematician and her sister Ethel Lilian Voynich was a novelist. George Boole died in 1864 leaving the family poor; they returned to England. Lucy was educated at a school attached to Queen's College, London but received no university education. She studied chemistry as a part of her training as a pharmacist.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Boole attended the School of the Pharmaceutical Society between 1883 and 1888, where she later became a researcher.[2] She became a demonstrator in chemistry in 1881 and a lecturer in 1893. In 1894, she was elected the first female fellow of the Institute of Chemistry.[citation needed]

Later life[edit]

Lucy Boole never married and lived with her mother.[3] She became ill in 1897 and died in 1904 at the age of 42.[2]


  1. ^ Andrews, Helen. "Alicia Boole". Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Rayner-Canham, Marlene; Geof Rayner-Canham (2008). Chemistry was Their Life. London: Imperial College Press. pp. 158–159. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boole, Lucy Everest". Ask About Ireland. Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government, Ireland. Retrieved 19 October 2012.