Clare de Brereton Evans

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Dr Clare de Brereton Evans (born 1865) was a scientist and academic who became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in Chemistry.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and obtained a BSc (London) in 1889 while studying there. Following graduation, she undertook research at the Central Technical College where, in 1897, she became the first woman to be granted a DSc degree for her work on aromatic amines.[3]

In 1898 she became a lecturer at London School of Medicine for Women and also undertook research at UCL, where she published a number of papers, one of which describes her attempts to separate an unidentified element from iron residues.[4]

The Letter of 19[edit]

In 1904, she was one of nineteen signatories to a petition to the Chemical Society calling for the admission of women as Fellows.


  1. ^ Fontani, Marco; Costa, Mariagrazia; Orna, Mary Virginia (2014-10-01). The Lost Elements: The Periodic Table's Shadow Side. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199383351.
  2. ^ "Schools". Journal of Education and School World. 29: 730. December 1897.
  3. ^ Rayner-Canham, Marelene F.; Rayner-Canham, Geoffrey (2008). Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949. Imperial College Press. ISBN 9781860949876.
  4. ^ Rayner-Canham, Marlene F.; Rayner-Canham, Geoffrey W. (2003). "Pounding on the doors: the fight for acceptance of British women chemists" (PDF). Bull. Hist. Chem. 28 (2): 110–120.