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These pages provide profiles of leading UK women scientists and engineers. In some cases their achievements have caused a revolution in their field. In others, their significance is due more to the originality of the contribution or to its impact on society. Many are active in encouraging more women to enter science, engineering and technology.

Inevitably, the selection of such a limited number of entries is to an extent arbitrary and barely scratches the surface of women’s contribution to scientific discovery and engineering excellence.

The web site features specially commissioned portraits by the photographer Jon Shard. The British Council would like to thank all those who contributed to the development of the project.

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