Dorothy Rowntree

Biography of Dorothy Rowntree

Dorothy Rowntree
Dorothy Rowntree

Dorothy Rowntree was the first woman to graduate with a degree in Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She was born in Glasgow on 16th January 1903, the daughter of Robert Stanley Rowntree, a ship surveyor, and lived in Kelvinside, Glasgow.

Dorothy first took classes in the session 1922/23 and graduated with a BSc in Engineering (Naval Architecture) on 24th April 1926.

In 1928 Dorothy became personal assistant to President Professor Bayard Dodge at the American University in Beirut. There she met and married Norman Joly, and lived in Palestine, Israel and Lebanon until after the Second World War and returned to the UK in their old age.

(Source: 'Early Women Engineering Graduates from Scottish Universities' by Nina Baker in "Women's History Magazine" vol 60, pp21-30, Summer 2009)


Dorothy Rowntree
Born 16 January 1903.
Died 1988.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1926; Engineering,
Record last updated: 11th Apr 2016

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