Dame Anne Louise McIlroy -UK’s First Women Medical Professor

Lace2A  new book ,  Lab Coats and Lace, the lives and legacies  of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers,  edited by Mary Mulvihill, features Glasgow University graduate Dame Anne Louise McIlroy (1874-1968). After graduation with a MD  in 1900, she went on to study in Europe before returning to Scotland, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology.  Dr McIlroy joined the Scottish Women’s Hospital for Foreign Service and commanded hospital units in France, Serbia and Salonika during WW1 and was decorated with many honours including the Croix de Guerre and an OBE.  In 1921 she was appointed professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of London, becoming the first women professor of medicine in the UK.  University Archives provided details of her academic life and her image from  their collections.

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