Dorothy Donaldson Buchanan

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Dorothy Donaldson Buchanan, married name Fleming (8 October 1899 in Dumfriesshire – 13 June 1985 in Somerset) was the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, successfully passing the institution's admission examination in 1927.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Buchanan was born at Langholm, the youngest of five children born to Marion Vassie and the Reverend James Donaldson Buchanan.[2] She was educated at Langholm Academy before earning a BS in civil engineering from Edinburgh University in 1922. At Edinburgh, she studied with Charles Glover Barkla, who had been awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1917.[3]

Career[edit]

Her first job was with consulting engineering firm Dorman Long where she served as part of the design staff for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She later worked on the George V Bridge (now usually called the Tyne Bridge) in Newcastle and the Lambeth Bridge in London. She was also involved in the design of the Silent Valley Reservoir in Northern Ireland.[4]

Later life[edit]

Upon marriage in 1930 to William H. Dalrymple Fleming, a civil engineer, she retired from engineering.[1] As Dorothy Fleming, she pursued interests in rock climbing and painting. She died in 1985, at age 85.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Catharine M. C. Haines, International women in science: a biographical dictionary to 1950.
  2. ^ Nina Baker, "Buchanan, Dorothy Donaldson," in Elizabeth Ewan, Sue Innes, and Sian Reynolds, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh University Press 2007): 51.
  3. ^ A. Thomson, "School and Sun Out," News & Star (19 April 2007): http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/school-and-sun-out-1.197379?referrerPath=2.3249
  4. ^ Trevor Turpin, Dam (Reaktion Books 2008): 94-95.
  5. ^ Nina Baker, "Buchanan, Dorothy Donaldson," in Elizabeth Ewan, Sue Innes, and Sian Reynolds, eds., The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh University Press 2007): 52.

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