Katherine Isabella Williams

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Katherine Isabella Williams
Born 1848
Died January 1917
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Education King Edward VI High School for Girls, University College Bristol
Known for Signatory to 1904 petition to join the Chemistry Society
Scientific career
Fields Food analysis
Institutions University College Bristol
Academic advisors William Ramsay

Katherine Isabella Williams (c. 1848-January 1917) was a British woman chemist who became a student, aged 29, at University College Bristol. She was known for her collaboration in the 1880s with Nobel prize winning Scottish chemist, William Ramsay and was also one of the signatories of the 1904 petition for the admission of women to the Chemical Society.[1]

Education[edit]

University College Bristol

Katherine Williams was educated at King Edward VI High School for Girls[1] and in her 60s gained a B.Sc. by research from University College Bristol in 1910, where she was considered to be one of the few advanced students capable of taking part in research.[2]

Research[edit]

She worked with William Ramsay on studies of atmospheric gases, before moving on to conduct her own research in food analysis. She published for over 14 years, authoring 10 papers,[3] including two published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (1904 and 1907).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rayner-Canham, Marelene F.; Rayner-Canham, Geoffrey (2008). Chemistry Was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949. Imperial College Press. ISBN 9781860949876. 
  2. ^ Tilden, William A. (2015-07-18). Sir William Ramsay: Memorials of His Life and Work (Classic Reprint). Fb&c Limited. ISBN 9781331679080. 
  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. ^ Creese, Mary R. S. (September 1991). "British women of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who contributed to research in the chemical sciences". The British Journal for the History of Science. 24 (3): 275–305. doi:10.1017/S0007087400027370. ISSN 1474-001X.