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 an Irish 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 Cork, Ireland, in 1862. Her father, George Boole, was a mathematician and logician and her mother, Mary 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. 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.