Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE FRCP(Hon)

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Woman wearing a multicoloured top and white skirt leaning against a curved silver wall.
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First Woman Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain

August 2011, at Home in Oxford

b.1950, London

Baroness Greenfield made history in 1998 when she became the first woman director of the Royal Institute of Great Britain, founded in 1799. Scientist, writer and broadcaster Baroness Greenfield was also the first woman after 165 male presenters to deliver the annual Royal Institute Christmas lectures which began in 1825. She is one of only 7 women to deliver the lectures to date. She has been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities. Baroness Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University.

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