Clare de Brereton Evans

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Clare de Brereton Evans (C. de B. Evans, 1866–1935) was a scientist and academic who became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in Chemistry (DSc).[1][2] She was a pioneer translator of Meister Eckhart's German works.[3][4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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. ^ Meister Eckhart by Franz Pfeiffer. [Volume 1] London: John M. Watkins, 1924. Translated by C. de B. Evans
  4. ^ The Works of Meister Eckhart, Doctor Ecstaticus. Volume 2. London: John M. Watkins, 1931/1952. Translated by C. de B. Evans
  5. ^ Rayner-Canham, Marelene F.; Rayner-Canham, Geoffrey (2008). Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949. Imperial College Press. ISBN 9781860949876.
  6. ^ 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.