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Caroline Herschel

Sir Frederick William Herschel is, quite rightly, famed as a great astronomer. In particular his observation that one celestial body was not a star, but the planet we know as Uranus, made him famous overnight. Though he acknowledged her in this discovery, the achievements of his sister Caroline are [...]

Elizabeth Fry

ELIZABETH FRY Known now as the woman who’s removal from banknotes sparked a furore but who was Elizabeth Fry? Elizabeth Fry was an English social reformer and Christian philanthropist who became known as the “angel of prisons” as she was the driving force behind legislation to [...]

Octavia Hill

OCTAVIA HILL In these times of food banks, recession and poverty, and with concerns about how to address our changing, even broken, society,  it is fitting to consider the life of social reformer, Octavia Hill. Octavia Hill, who was born in 1838, dedicated her life to the welfare of those who [...]

Edith Wharton

EDITH WHARTON Edith Wharton was born into a wealthy and distinguished family; on both sides her family was old-money New York business aristocracy.  Her maiden name was Jones and it is said that the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” referred to those wanting to emulate her family in [...]

Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner I used to be in the car every Tuesday driving between Perth and Glasgow at the time that Radio 4’s Great Lives was on air. One of those programmes has stayed with me. The person who had come onto the programme to talk about her ‘great live’ was the actor Jenny [...]

Hannah Arendt

HANNAH ARENDT Hannah Arendt was a German-born political theorist. An assimilated Jew, she escaped Europe during the Holocaust and became an American citizen. Her works deal with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism. Although Hannah is [...]
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