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
Elsie wasn’t the only notable scientist in her family. Her little sister Eva (1912 – 2007) was a leading authority on bees.
Show the world which scientist you are - share your character now!