Power stations, bridges and skyscrapers: forgotten figures in structural engineering history (Pt 2)

Author: Fiona Cobb

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2 September 2021

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Power stations, bridges and skyscrapers: forgotten figures in structural engineering history (Part 2)

The Structural Engineer
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Fiona Cobb

Date published

2 September 2021

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Fiona Cobb

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Part 2 of this article provides an overview of the careers of two pioneering women in engineering who could be considered candidates as the 'first woman members' of the Institution, Florence Taylor and Mary Irvine.

Synopsis

The 2020 James Sutherland History Lecture given by Steven Brindle covered the emergence of structural engineering as a profession over the last 200 years. This paper covers the same period but from a slightly different perspective, looking at some early women in structural engineering.

The paper is in two parts. The first, by Nina Baker, provided some general context and an overview of some of the better known women engineers of this period. The second part, by Fiona Cobb, covers new research into two figures of particular interest to the Institution of Structural Engineers.

For this, there are two candidates as ‘first woman’ of the Institution: Florence Taylor (1926) and Mary Irvine (1947) and they are of particular interest as we approach their Institution anniversaries.

The centenary of Taylor’s membership will be in 2026 and the 75th anniversary of Irvine’s will be in 2022.

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6
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The Institution of Structural Engineers

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