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Margery Knight

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Margery Knight
Known foralgal taxonomy; university teacher
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Liverpool
Notable studentsMary Parke
Elsie May Burrows
Helen Blackler

Margery Knight (1889–1973) was an algologist, artist and lecturer at the Port Erin Marine Biological Station, University of Liverpool.



Knight was a lecturer in botany at University of Liverpool from 1912 until she retired in 1954.[1] She was based at the University’s Port Erin Marine Biological Station on the Isle of Man.

Her research focused on the chromosome numbers and life histories of algae.[2] The book Manx algae; an algal survey of the south end of the Isle of Man that she published with Mary Parke in 1931 became a standard reference.[3]

Knight was the doctoral supervisor of Mary Parke, Elsie May Burrows and Helen Blackler.[2][4]

She was supportive of students, going as far as to provide finance to them from her own personal resources. On her 80th birthday ex-students and colleagues presented her with a tribute of an album of pressed seaweeds and messages.[1]



Her publications included:

Personal life


Her companion was Rose McKenna.[5] In 1936 she was in a car accident that resulted in the loss of one of her legs.[1] In retirement on the Isle of Man Knight painted landscapes in oil, some of which are in the collection of the University of Liverpool.[5] She died in 1973.


  1. ^ a b c "International Day of Women and Girls in Science". Special Collections & Archives at the University of Liverpool Library. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b Reid, Geraldine (2018). "From the Shore to the Sublittoral: Liverpool's Algal Women". Collections. 14 (4). doi:10.1177/155019061801400405.
  3. ^ Fogg, G.E. (2004). "Parke, Mary Winifred (1908–1989)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/57569. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Norton, Trevor A. (2007). "Elsie M. Burrows (1913–1986)". European Journal of Phycology. 22 (4): 317–319. doi:10.1080/00071618700650361.
  5. ^ a b Ashcroft, Louise. "The Way of the Gull". Victoria Gallery and Museum. University of Liverpool. Retrieved 27 July 2020.