Biography of Elizabeth Dorothea Lyness
Elizabeth Dorothea Lyness graduated MB CM from the University of Glasgow on 8th March 1894. She was one of the first four female graduates of the University. She was born on 12th March 1871 in Lisburn, Ireland, daughter of Robert Lyness.
Elizabeth matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1892 age 21, to study medicine. Over the course of her studies Lyness enrolled in various classes, passing all of her exams. In her first year at the University she took Chemistry, Botany and Natural History. In her second year of study, Lyness studied Anatomy, and Physiology. During her third year she took Regional Anatomy, Materia Medica, Pharmacy and Pathology. For her final year, Lyness studied Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Midwifery and Forensic medicine. She won prizes in Pathology, for the academic year 1892-1893, and in Pathology, Medicine, and Midwifery for the academic year 1893-1894.
By 1925 Lyness had married Mr William C. Smith.
She died on 21 May 1944, aged 73.