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The contribution of British women to Carboniferous palaeobotany during the first half of the 20th century

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H. E. Fraser
H. E. Fraser
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C. J. Cleal
C. J. Cleal
Department of Biodiversity & Systematic Biology, National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP, UK (e-mail: chris.cleal@museumwales.ac.uk)
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Published:
January 01, 2007

Abstract

During the first half of the 20th century, over a third of British palaeobotanists working on Carboniferous plants were women; neither before nor after this period have women played such a prominent role in this field. Few of these women were able to develop significant careers within the subject. They nevertheless produced some of the most innovative work in the field, pioneering work in plant phylogeny, cuticle studies, biostratigraphy, morphological variation, and anatomical thin sectioning. Two factors were critical for allowing this work to develop: the support of a small number of male colleagues, notably F. W. Oliver, W. H. Lang and D. H. Scott; and the existence of colleges that specifically supported women's education, including Newnham College (Cambridge), and Bedford, Royal Holloway, Westfield and University Colleges (London).

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

The Role of Women in the History of Geology

C. V. Burek
C. V. Burek
University of Chester, UK
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B. Higgs
B. Higgs
University College Cork, Ireland
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Geological Society of London
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281
ISBN electronic:
9781862395299
Publication date:
January 01, 2007

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