Lucy Everest Boole
|Lucy Everest Boole|
|Born||5 August 1862
|Died||5 December 1904(aged 42)|
|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
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.
Boole attended the School of the Pharmaceutical Society between 1883 and 1888, where she later became a researcher. 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.
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