Miss Sargant and a Botanical Web

  • Peter Ayres
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


After Girton College and research at The Jodrell Laboratory, Ethel Sargant set up her own laboratory (‘Little Jodrell’), employing talented young women such as Agnes Robertson (= Mrs Arber), who became only the third woman admitted to the Royal Society. Sargant toured European labs with her friend, Margaret Benson of Royal Holloway College, the first female professor of botany in Britain. Benson nurtured the careers of Emily Berridge and Helen Fraser. Dame Helen (= Mrs. Gwynne-Vaughan) was Head of Botany at Birkbeck College and in 1907 awarded a D.Sc. Widowed, she was Head of Queen Mary’s Army Nursing Corps, then Commandant of the WRAF. At The Jodrell, Sargant had collaborated with Rina Scott, who became a pioneer of the time-lapse photography of growing plants.


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  • Peter Ayres
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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