Catherine Love Smith

Biography of Catherine Love Smith

Catherine Love Smith, matriculation slip, 1896-97
Catherine Love Smith, matriculation slip, 1896-97

Catherine Love Smith graduated MBChB from the University of Glasgow in 1899, within the first decade of women being able to graduate from the University.

Catherine was born in Irvine in March 1872, the daughter of a merchant. At the age of twenty, she began her Medical studies at the University of Glasgow in 1892. At this time, female students were taught separately from the main University course, which was all-male; they studied at Queen Margaret College.

Catherine took classes in a range of subjects, including Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Anatomy, Physiology and Materia Medica. She was a gifted student; during her time in Glasgow she gained seven prizes. These consisted of five Second Class Certificates in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology Materia Medica and Practical Pathology, and two First Class Certificates in Practical Chemistry and Practical Pharmacy.

In 1899, Catherine graduated MBChB. She went on to work as a medical practitioner in Glasgow, before moving to practice in North Collingham, Newark-on-Trent. In North Collingham she was also deputy medical officer for the Newark and Lincoln Union, and lecturer on ambulances to Kestevn and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

By 1918 she had re-located to Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. Catherine is last listed in the register of living University of Glasgow graduates in 1932, still living in Stratford-on-Avon.


Catherine Love Smith
Born 18 March 1872.
Died 1932.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MBChB, 1899;
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 5th Jun 2017

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