Somerville College, Oxford University


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death Mary Somerville
After her death, much of MS 's library was presented to the Ladies' College at Hitchin (now Girton College , Cambridge), and in 1879 Somerville College at Oxford University was named after her.
Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. “Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville (1780-1872)”. Women of Mathematics: A Biobiliographic Sourcebook, edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell, Greenwood Press, pp. 208-16.
death Amelia B. Edwards
She was buried in Ellen Braysher 's family plot at Henbury, just north of Westbury-on-Trym, her grave appropriately marked with an Egyptian obelisk. She bequeathed her egyptological library and collection of artefacts to...
Dedications Margaret Kennedy
MK dedicated her final novel, Not in the Calendar, 1964, to a Somerville friend, and gave it the subtitle The Story of a Friendship.
Dedications Marghanita Laski
ML dedicated to Mary Lascelles (who had taught her at Somerville College ) her bio- critical work on three Victorian writers for children: Mrs. Ewing , Mrs. Molesworth , and Mrs. Hodgson Burnett.
Laski, Marghanita. Mrs. Ewing, Mrs. Molesworth, and Mrs. Hodgson Burnett. A. Barker.
Maxwell, Mrs. “Ladies of Quality”. Times Literary Supplement, No. 2528, p. 438.
Education Margaret Kennedy
MK began studying at Somerville College, Oxford .
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Education Christopher St John
Christabel Marshall may probably have attended (with more than one of her sisters) Clifton High School for Girls . She was admitted in 1894 to Somerville College, Oxford , to read history, but did not...
Education Margaret Forster
MF loved Carlisle Girls' High School in a way that made my love of all school from the beginning seem a feeble thing—although she quickly realised her deficiencies, like not having heard of Dickens
Education Margaret Kennedy
MK received the equivalent of a Second Class honours degree in History from Somerville College .
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Education Christine Brooke-Rose
CBR studied for a BA in English literature and philology at Somerville College, Oxford .
Birch, Sarah. Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction. Clarendon Press.
Education Maggie Gee
MG , an open scholarship student at Somerville College , received her Oxford Honours BA in English.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Education Maggie Gee
MG gives a very funny account of being interviewed for a place at Cambridge by Queenie Leavis , whose name she did not recognise, and talking confidently about Keats in ignorance of the way F. R. Leavis
Education Eleanor Rathbone
ER went up to Somerville College, Oxford , as an undergraduate. She graduated in 1896, having earned a second-class BA degree in Philosophy (though women did not receive Oxford degrees until 1920).
Banks, Olive. The Biographical Dictionary of British Feminists. New York University Press.
Education A. S. Byatt
Antonia Drabble (later ASB ) began research on Renaissance allegory at Somerville College , Oxford.
Kelly, Kathleen Coyne. A.S. Byatt. Twayne.
Education Nina Bawden
Nina Bawden went up to a wartime Oxford, in which No bells rang . . . there was almost no traffic, and there were far fewer undergraduates than in normal times. She was a member...
Education Catherine Byron
Having attended Somerville College, Oxford University , Catherine Greenfield (later CB ) received her BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature.
“English Research Team: Catherine Byron”. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Institute for English Research.
Byron, Catherine. Emails about Catherine Byron to Jane Haslett.


4 June 1878: Lady Margaret Hall, a women's college at...

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4 June 1878

October 1879: Somerville College, one of the two first...

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October 1879

Somerville College , one of the two first residential women's colleges at Oxford University, opened its doors to students.

1889: Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman law student...

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Cornelia Sorabji , the first woman law student at a British university, enrolled at Somerville College , Oxford .

About September 1936: British haemotologist Janet Vaughan realised...

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About September 1936

British haemotologist Janet Vaughan realised from work during the Spanish Civil War with the Committee for Spanish Medical Aid that blood transfusions could be successfully made with stored blood.

21 April 1958: Margery Fry died as almost a national celebrity:...

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21 April 1958

Margery Fry died as almost a national celebrity: criminal justice reformer, prison reformer, campaigner for victims' compensation, educationalist (briefly Principal of Somerville College ), writer on children's care and development, and latterly broadcaster (a regular...

31 October 1984: Indira Gandhi, who had been Prime Minister...

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31 October 1984

Indira Gandhi , who had been Prime Minister of India with only one short break since 1967, was assassinated, shot down in her garden by two of her body-guards who were Sikhs, in retaliation for...


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