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.
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