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About the event[edit]

On Tuesday 8th October 2019, the University's Information Services team are running a Women in Engineering edit-a-thon to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2019 which is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Starting at 10:30am, there will be a range of drop-in activities in the morning followed by guest speaker and fun technology activities from 2:30pm to 5pm. A crash course in Wikipedia editing training will be given at 2:30pm. Thereafter the afternoon's editathon from 3pm-5pm from will focus on improving the quality of articles related to notable women in engineering, both contemporary and historic.

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Have you ever wondered why the information in Wikipedia is extensive for some topics and scarce for others? Did you know that, as of 16th September 2019, approximately only 18.03% of the biographies on Wikipedia relate to notable women? Working together with liaison librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. New editors are very welcome and participants will be supported to develop Wikipedia articles; creating new role models for young and old alike.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of Women in STEM!



The day is split in four parts:

  1. Drop-in activities from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Eng Inn social space at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.
  2. Guest speaker, Dr. Nina Baker on the History of Women in Engineering from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in Room 5326, James Clerk Maxwell Building.
  3. Women in Enginering - a Wikipedia editing event from 2.30pm to 5pm to create new articles focused on the lives and contributions of notable women in engineering.
  4. Keynote event - Professor Ursula Martin on "The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace" at the Informatics Forum. This will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception.

All events are open to staff, student and members of the public. Book to attend one session, two, three or all four.

10:30am to 12:30pm: Drop-in activities at the Eng Inn, School of Engineering[edit]

  • Cake decorating - decorate a cake with your STEM heroine.
  • Badge making - create your own Women in STEM badge.
  • Colouring in - colour in our original Mary Somerville design.

1:30pm to 2:30pm: Dr. Nina Baker on the History of Women in Engineering - Room 5326 in the JCMB Building[edit]

Booking is now open!

2:30pm to 5pm: Women in Engineering - Wikipedia editing event in Room 3211 in the JCMB Building[edit]

Booking is now open!

5.45pm to 8pm: The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace - a talk by Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc[edit]

The talk will commence at 6pm and will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception from 7pm to 8pm.

Emily Temple-Wood - Writing Diversity back into History (2minutes27seconds)


Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh

Hit list of articles to be created or improved[edit]

Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.

All are welcome to add names to the list which is intended to serve as a basis for creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.

The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!

Articles to be created[edit]

Women in Engineering[edit]

Check the notability criteria for academics.
Join the Ada Lovelace Day editathon event page here.

  • Elizabeth Georgeson - the first female engineering graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the first female engineering graduate of a Scottish University (1919).[1][2][3][4]
  • Anne Gillespie Shaw (Mrs. Pirie) CBE, MA, CEng, FIProdE HonF UMIST (1904-1982).
  • Hilda Margaret Lyon (1896-1946), MA, MSc, AFRAAeS
  • Miss. M.I.Fergusson - partner in Blyth and Blyth and member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.[5] Entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.
  • Miss. Elizabeth Jane Smith - Elizabeth Jane Smith was the first woman to study engineering at University of Edinburgh in 1911 and Managing Director of British Resorcin Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in 1916.
  • Dorothy Buchanan - first woman to be admitted to Associate Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Can an image be found? Can the page be expanded/improved? [6]ODNB[7] [8][9][10]
  • Margaret Fraser (engineer) (BSc 1973), who also became Edinburgh’s first female PhD in electrical engineering (1983)
  • Azar Moayeri (, first woman to graduate from Chem Eng in Edinburgh.
  • Annette Ashberry - 1894-1990: pioneering woman engineer. [11][12]
  • Nina Graham - Also known as Nina Graham Whalley. First woman to graduate with a degree in engineering from a British University (Liverpool, 1912, BEng civil engineering)[13]
  • Dorothée Pullinger - The pioneer who built a car for women, by women. [14]
  • Letitia Chitty - Noted aeronautical and structural engineer (some inaccuracies in the current article re: Cambridge degree; Cambridge didn't award degrees to women until 1948)[15][16][17]
  • Dorothy Rowntree - University of Glasgow graduate and first woman to qualify as a naval architect [18][19][20][21]
  • Alice Christine Stickland - worked on radiowave propogation with Robert Watson-Watt, the inventor of radar [22][23][24][25][26]
  • Henrietta Bussell (1917-1996): The UK’s first female railway engineer, she became one of the senior tunnels & bridges engineers for British Rail Western Region [27][28][29]
  • Peisu Xia - doctoral candidate of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh in Britain to study electric circuit theory, automation, nonlinear ordinary differential equations and their application. She earned a doctorate in Philosophy there in July 1950. The "mother of Chinese computing", studied at Edinburgh between 1947 and 1950. She went on to pioneer computer research and education in China and there is information via @uncoverED. [30][31][32][33][34][35]
  • Margaret Law - Fire Safety Engineering. "Margaret Law was a pioneer of the field. She practised the field as both a researcher for the Fire Research Station of BRE, and an engineer for Arup. Parts of her work are still applicable today in various countries' building guidance."[36][37]

Women in STEM - nominations for pages[edit]

Example articles: Antonella De Santo and Wendy Atkin

Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women[edit]



Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics[edit]

Pages from Quicksilver[edit]

Articles to be improved[edit]


Looking for ideas?[edit]

Climate change researchers[edit]

There is a list of women working in the field of climate change - any name with a little external link square beside it probably indicates a person who doesn't have a Wikipedia page yet!

"Fearless Pioneers"[edit]

Surprisingly, the pages for a number of the women in Rachel Ignotofsky's excellent book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World are quite sparse. It would be great if some of these could be improved to help those looking for more information after reading:

Women chemists past and present[edit]

This table contains notable women chemists from history (mostly found in the Chemistry Was Their Life book if you need a source to get you started!) and from the present day (most of whom are winners of big prizes or Fellows of societies, for whom you can find university websites and news stories about their award/fellowship).

Historic or modern? Name Field Keywords Notability Claimed by...
M Carol V. Robinson Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry Oxford, Cambridge, proteins First woman appointed chemistry professor at the University of Oxford. Page exists but very brief on her actual work.
H Draft:Isabel Hadfield Analytical chemistry WWI, NPL, Aeronautics Microchemicals Development of microanalytical measurements
H Draft:Emily Lloyd (chemist) Analytical chemistry Aberystwyth, education, University of Birmingham First woman associate at the Royal Institute of Chemistry
H Draft:Margaret Seward Chemical reactions Natural Science, Somerville, nutrition First Oxford woman student to be entered for honour school of Mathematics, founding lecturer of Royal Holloway College, MBE
H Draft:Cecilie French Magnetochemistry UCL, ICI, Bedford College, Queen Mary College Senior Lecturer at QMC, extensive research into electrochemistry of nonaqueous solvents, synthesised novel boron compounds, Invited to give the Marie Curie Lecture at Penn. State.
H Draft:Mary Corner Microanalysis Fabric (cotton & leather) industry research Head of the Microanalytical Section of the Chemical Research Laboratory
H Martha Annie Whiteley Research chemistry Editor of the Dictionary of Applied Chemistry (3rd Edition), mustard gas President of the Imperial College Women Students' Association, OBE
H Frances Micklethwait Research chemistry Mustard gas, Boots, Principal at Swanley Horticultural College Prolific author of chemistry publications, MBE
H Sibyl Taite Widdows Chemistry education Education, Royal Holloway College Head of the Chemistry Department at London School of Medicine for Women
H Draft:May Badger Inorganic analysis Glass, pottery and coal Head of the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratories at the University of Manchester
H May Sybil Leslie Industrial chemistry Nitric acid, explosives, A Textbook of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Leeds Author of key text on kinetics of the iodination of acetone, Chemist in Charge of Laboratory at His Majesty's Factory in Litherland
H Evelyn Hickmans Blood chemistry Phenylketonuria, Horst Bickel, University of Birmingham, University of Toronto Awarded the John Scott Medal, Head of Children's Diseases Department in the Children's Hospital, Birmingham.
H Clara Millicent Taylor Organic chemistry β-eucaine, University of Bristol One of the first women admitted to the Chemical Society, Head of Science at Cheltenham Ladies' College
H Delia Simpson Spectroscopy Cambridge Chemistry Laboratories, energy fuels, fluorescence and infrared. Director of Studies in Natural Sciences, Newnham
H Draft:Soshelia Ram Analytical chemistry Lady Hardinge Medical College for Women, University of Delhi, University of Cambridge Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry
H Rosemary Murray Already quite a full page, but needs some citations, etc.
H Catherine Steele Biochemistry Page exists though very short, might be tricky to find information to expand it.
H Ishbel Campbell Organometallic compounds University of Southampton, chemical warfare, St Andrews University One of the first women to receive a Commonwealth Fellowship, key figure in organometallic compounds of groups V and VI with numerous publications.
H Christina Miller Analytical chemistry Diffusion, Carnegie Research Fellowship, tetraphosphorus hexaoxide. Key studies in phosphorous and luminescence, Keith Prize from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Director of the Inorganic Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh
H Elizabeth Kempson Biochemistry University of Edinburgh, carbohydrates, polysaccharide chemistry, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, issue of Carbohydrate Research journal dedicated to her
H Ruth Pirret Radiochemistry Ellen Gleditsch, Frederick Soddy, University of Manchester, metal corrosion First woman graduate in Science from the University of Glasgow, discovery of uranium isotopes
H Draft:Mary Andross Food chemistry Nutritional value of food, vitamin C, Society for Chemical Industry Fellow of the Institute of Food Science Technology, creator of first courses for training dieticians
H Edith Willcock Food chemistry Iodoform, radiation, tryptophan (& Frederick Gowland Hopkins) First studies to show the damaging effects of exposure to radioactive elements, work on vitamins, popular author
H Muriel Wheldale Onslow Biochemistry Pigments, plant breeding, genetics, artist, University of Cambridge Landmark work on pigmentation and genetics, one of the first three women elected to the Biochemical Club, Fellowship from the British Federation of University Women
H Rose Scott-Moncrieff Biochemistry Page exists but is quite short considering her achievements
H Dorothy Jordan Lloyd Biochemistry Page exists but no references really, and no infobox
H Polly Porter Crystallography Mentor to Dorothy Hodgkin, National Museum in Washington DC, Oxford Museum & University of Oxford, X-ray crystallography, The Barker Index of Crystals. Member of Council of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain, authored classic work, published some of earliest work on x-ray crystallography
H Ellie Knaggs Crystallography University of Cambridge, Imperial College, Royal Institution, Burroughs Wellcome. Hertha Ayrton Fellowship, determined crystal structures such as that of cyanuric triazide, elected Visitor to the Royal Institution
H Agnes Pockels Physical chemistry Surface science Page exists but more could be added from Women in Chemistry
H Dorothy Cayley Mycology Tulips, Page exists but rather brief.
H Draft:Caroline Pellew Genetics Flower colour, peas, chromosome theory, William Bateson, Genetical Society Extensive work on the genetics of peas and primula, "right hand man" to Bateson, first Secretary of the Genetical Society
H Muriel Bristol Mycology Algae, tea, Involvement in pioneering statistical work
M Margaret Buckingham Developmental biology Muscles, genetics, Pasteur Institute ForMemRS
H Charlotte Kipling Biology Fish, University of Cambridge, computing Fellow of the Statistical Society
H Patricia H. Clarke Biochemistry The Rising Tide, microbiology, UCL, bacteria FRS
H Bella MacCallum Botany Wetlands, fungi, New Zealand (see Ladies in the Laboratory III) Fellow of the Linnean Society
H Elizabeth Lomax Botany Botanical Exchange Club, Torquay, collecting Herbarium donated to Manchester
H Elsie M. Burrows Botany Phycology, Liverpool University, macroalgae Page exists but needs information on the importance of her work
H Ethel Sargant Cytology and morphology Synaptic phase, triple fusion, Royal Society President of the Botanical Section of the British Association. Page exists but not many details of her work, no infobox.
H Frances Adams Le Sueur Botany and conservation Jersey, flowers, source, source. Page exists but much more could be added from sources and especially from International Women in Science (see Google books)
M Judith Howard Structural chemistry X-ray crystallography, five-star department head, Page exists but very brief and no explanation of her work
H Una Ledingham Biology Diabetes, pregnancy, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
M Anne Walton (chemist) Inorganic chemistry CChem, FRSC
M Madeline Jacobs Science communication CEO of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, former CEO of the American Chemical Society
M Suze Kundu Nanochemistry MRSC
M Ifat Shah Biochemistry MRSC
M Motaza Khater Analytical chemistry Founder of the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry, FRSC
M Eleanor Schofield Materials science Conservation manager for the Mary Rose
M Denise Conner Analytical chemistry Plastic pigments, LGBT campaigner Co-Founder of Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM)
M Lorelly Wilson Science education CSci, CChem, FRSC, founder of Chemistry with Cabbage
M Hala Sultan Saif Al-Easa Organic chemistry Photochemistry, medicinal plants, Qatar University Head of Chemistry at Qatar University, President of Qatar Chemical Society
M Mary Garson Biochemist Page exists but no infobox
M Reiko Kuroda Materials chemistry L’Oréal–UNESCO prizewinner 2013, stereochemistry, chirality Page exists but very brief
M Zanariah Binti Abdullah Organic chemistry University of Malaya, Queen Mary University, outreach FRSC
M Sylvia Anie Healthcare and chemistry Commonwealth Secretariat, HIV and AIDS CSci, CChem, FRSC
M Geetha Srinivasan Physical chemistry Polymers, petrochemistry, electrochemistry CSci, CChem, MRSC, L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner
M Ellen Kooijman Microanalysis Head of the Vegacenter for Microanalysis, inspiration behind the LEGO 'Research Institute'
M Romeela Mohee Environmental engineering University of Mauritius, waste reduction, biochar FRSC
M Helen Neville (chemist) Product research and development Proctor & Gamble FRSC, Vice-President of Research and Development at P&G
M Mah Hussain-Gambles Pharmacology Skincare, Sutherland University, University of Leeds, halal MBE, CChem, MRSC, founder of Saar Pure Skincare
M Katriona Methven Cosmetovigilance L’Oréal, regulation, cosmetics CChem, MRSC, judge of the L’Oréal-UNESCO awards
M Sue Gibson (chemist) Synthesis Rosalind Franklin Award, Royal Society, OBE, diversity campaigner Page exists but brief
M Bernadette Modell Genetics Blood, WHO, UCL, University of Cambridge Wellcome Trust PRF
M Cathy Price Neuroscience Language, MRI, UCL Wellcome Trust PRF
M Heidi Johansen-Berg Neuroscience Plasticity, rehabilitation, ageing Wellcome Trust PRF
M Patricia Simpson Biology Insects, evolution FRS, Wellcome Trust PRF, page exists but stub
M Linda Wicker Immunogenetics Diabetes, genetics Wellcome Trust PRF
M Patricia Jacobs Genetics Chromosomes, University of Southampton, abnormalities, Klinefelter syndrome FRS, Wellcome Trust PRF, page exists but relatively short
M Doreen Cantrell Immunology Winner of the 2017 Novartis Medal and Prize, page exists but short
M Bonnie Wallace (biochemist) Molecular biophysics Winner of the 2010 AstraZeneca Award, FRSC, FAAAS, FIOB, FIUPAC
M Helen Walden Biochemistry Winner of the 2015 Colworth Medal,
M Wendy Bickmore FRS
M Yvonne Jones FRS, page exists but stub
M Anne Neville (engineer) FRS, page exists but nothing on her work
M Josephine Pemberton FRS, page exists but not much on her work
M Sarah (Sally) Price FRS, page exists but nothing on her work
M Susanne von Caemmerer FRS, page needs infobox
M Kate Storey (biologist) Cell biologist Neural cells, University of Dundee Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
M Susan Michie Psychologist Health psychology, King's College FMedSci, page exists but needs citations and infoxbox
M Giovanna Mallucci Neuroscientist Toxicology, neuroscience, University of Cambridge FMedSci, page exists but is tiny
M Tracy Hussell Immunologist FMedSci
M Jane Apperley Haematologist FMedSci
M Dorothy C Bennett Geneticist FMedSci
M Anne Bertolotti Neurobiologist FMedSci, 2018 winner of the GlaxoSmithKline Award
M Azra Ghani Epidemiologist FMedSci
M Linda Greensmith Neurologist FMedSci
M Alison Holmes Microbiologist FMedSci
M Jill Pell Epidemiologist FMedSci
M Rhian Touyz Cardiologist FMedSci, page exists but no infobox
M Christine J. Watson Pathologist FMedSci, might be harder to source though
M Margaret Whitehead Public health adviser DBE, FMedSci, page exists but brief and no infobox
M Sheila Hollins, Baroness Hollins Psychiatrist learning disabilities Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Disability, St George’s, University of London. Page exists, no infobox
M Gill McGauley Forensic Psychiatrist Professor of Forensic Psychotherapy and Medical Education at St George’s, University of London (until her death in July 2016). She was also a Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy. (no page)
M Pippa Oakeshott General Practice Professor of General Practice at St George’s, University of London. Also a practising GP in Lambeth, London. (no page)
M Emma Baker (Professor) Clinical Pharmacology & General Medicine Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at St George's, University of London and Consultant Physician in Clinical Pharmacology and General Medicine at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (no page)


Browsing for sources[edit]

Suggested sources:[edit]

  • DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more.
News sources[edit]
Theses databases[edit]

Outcomes - Content created[edit]

Articles created 2016[edit]

Articles created 2017[edit]

Articles improved 2017[edit]

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

Helpful links[edit]

Once you've learned the basics of editing using Wikipedia’s Visual Editor, I hope that you'll stay logged in and edit or create more articles. I've added some booklets and some links below that you may find useful. As a first step you may like to check out what What Wikipedia is not along with its 5 guiding principles: The 5 pillars.

  • Please sign your messages on talk pages with four tildes (~~~~). This will automatically insert your "signature" (your username and a date stamp). The Button sig.png or Insert-signature.png button, on the tool bar above Wikipedia's text editing window, also does this.
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You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:


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Tutorials on Wikipedia editing[edit]

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