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Lab Coats and Lace - Kathleen Lonsdale, (1903-1971), World-class Physicist and Crystallographer

  • 2 March 2019

One of a selection of women featured in "Lab Coats and Lace, the lives and legacies of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers"

World-class physicist, crystallographer, Baptist turned Quaker, chemistry professor, peace activist, one of the first two women elected as Fellows of the prestigious Royal Society in London, prisoner, first woman professor at University College London, Dame of the British Empire … Hard to believe that Kathleen Lonsdale FRS was the daughter of an Irish postmaster.

She discovered the form of benzene and hexachlorobenzene, and even had a form of diamond named in her honour, lonsdaleite.