Emily Lloyd (chemist)

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Emily Jane Lloyd
Born1860 (1860)
Died14 November 1912(1912-11-14) (aged 51–52)
Known forFirst female associate member of the Royal Institute of Chemistry

Emily Jane Lloyd (1860 – 14 November 1912) was an English chemist and one of the first women to become an Associate member of the Royal Institute of Chemistry.

Early life and education[edit]

Mason Science College where she attended

She was the daughter of Martin Lloyd, a nail manufacturer in Birmingham.[1] She attended a private school in Leamington.[1] Later, she attended Mason Science College for a year in 1883, aged 23, and then transferred to University College, Aberystwyth.[2] She remained at Aberystwyth until 1887. Lloyd is the only female student mentioned in the history of the chemistry department of the University. She then was awarded a B.Sc from the University of London in 1892.[1] During this time, she applied under the name of E.Lloyd to sit the Associateship examination of the Institute of Chemistry. Because the committee was unaware that she was a woman, she was permitted to write the paper, which she passed.[1][2][3]

Once the Institute of Chemistry has admitted one female fellow, they could not deny any subsequent female fellows. A second swiftly followed, Lucy Everest Boole.[3]


The following year she received a request as science mistress in a public school for girls at Uitenhage, Cape Colony.[1] She taught there for 4 years and then returned to Wales and then taught at a school in Llanelly until 1909 then retired due to ill health.[1]


She died on 14 November 1912, aged 52.[1]


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  2. ^ a b Creese, Mary R. S. (2000). Ladies in the Laboratory? American and British Women in Science, 1800–1900: A Survey of their Contributions to Research. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780585276847.
  3. ^ a b Rayner-Canham, Geoff (2003). "Pounding on the Doors: The Fight for Acceptance of British Women Chemists" (PDF). Bull. Hist. Chem. 28 (2): 110–119. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2017-12-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)