Women health pioneers honoured on LSHTM’s iconic London building for the first time

Founded in 1899 at the Royal Albert
docks, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine moved to its new
building on Keppel Street in 1929. At the time of the construction, a mysterious
committee chose the names of 23 scientists, from microbiologist Louis
Pasteur, to medical statistician William Farr. Their names were carved in a frieze
that wraps around the building. They were the great and the good from
hygiene and tropical medicine. They were also all men. Many years later, the names
on the building don’t reflect the talented and diverse people working
within it. We’re proud to announce on our 120th anniversary, we’re taking steps to
rectify that. She established that radioactivity is a spontaneous
phenomenon. She also observed the biological effects of radiation. She was
very young when she made her main discovery which was a treatment for
leprosy. She was also the first woman to take a Master’s at the University and to
teach there and the first African American. She elevated nursing to an art,
requiring practical and scientific training, which is why she is known as
the founder of modern nursing. The legacy of three remarkable women in medicine and science is now being carved in stone for all to see. We are proud to announce
the additions of Marie Skłodowska-Curie She spent her whole life overcoming
tremendous obstacles, and in that way she paved the way for scientific woman of
the future. Alice Augusta Ball Alice is an inspirational pioneer in science. She was very unique and very different from from her colleagues at that time. Florence Nightingale Social reformer, statistician, and the founder of modern
nursing. We will shortly be erecting these women’s names on the façade of our grade II listed building. Join us in making one small, overdue step to celebrate the achievements of women in science and medicine throughout time.

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