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Lab Coats and Lace - Phyllis Clinch, (1901–1984), Queen of the Plant Viruses

  • 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"

Dublin-born botanist, Prof Phyllis Clinch (1901-1984), made significant contributions to our understanding of plant viruses, especially viruses that attack the potato crop. Her work was of major agricultural importance at a crucial time in Ireland's economic development, and she is the only woman awarded a Boyle Medal for 'research of exceptional merit' since the prize was introduced in 1899. She was one of the first four women to be elected to the Royal Irish Academy and featured in its "Women on Walls" campaign with Accenture.