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Elsie Widdowson!
Full Name:
Elsie May Widdowson
Birthplace:
Wallington, England
Lifetime:
1906 – 2000
Fields:
Nutrition
Elsie Widdowson trained as a chemist in an era when professional opportunities for women were very limited (assuming you didn’t want to be a teacher or a nurse). After graduating from Imperial College in 1928 – one of their first female graduates – Widdowson found her calling as a dietitian, and she helped to protect Brits from malnutrition when rationing was in place during the Second World War.
Elsie Widdowson IS KNOWN FOR...
  • Overseeing the fortification of rationed food with important vitamins and minerals during World War II

  • Studying the effects of starvation and malnutrition

  • Helping to rehabilitate the victims of starvation in Nazi concentration camps

Fun Fact
Elsie wasn’t the only notable scientist in her family. Her little sister Eva (1912 – 2007) was a leading authority on bees.
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