Ruth Pirret

Biography of Ruth Pirret

Ruth Pirret
Ruth Pirret

Ruth Pirret (1874-1939) was the first woman to graduate BSc from the University, in 1898.

Born in Glasgow, Pirret was among the first women to matriculate at the University in 1892. She won eight prizes as a student including Advanced Practical Physiology and graduated BSc in Pure Science on 12 April 1898.

At this time BSc Pure Science students did not designate a principal subject; the subjects she took for her Final Science Examination (equivalent to honours level examinations for the degree of MA) were Mathematics, Chemistry and Physiology.

After teaching at schools in Kilmacolm and Newcastle, Pirret returned to Glasgow in 1909 to work with Frederick Soddy on his research into the chemistry of radioactive elements. She was the second woman (after Anne Louise McIlroy in 1908) to officially register as a research student at the University.

Pirret became Vice Warden of Ashburne House Hall in Manchester before moving to London where she died in 1939.


Ruth Pirret
First Woman To Graduate BSc

Born 24 July 1874, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 19 June 1939.
University Link: GU Degree: BSc, 1898;
Occupation categories: school teachers
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2); R4/5/2; SEN10/36 pp.149-151
Record last updated: 4th Sep 2017

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Ruth Pirret is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.

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