Lesley Yellowlees CBE FRSE HonFRSC

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Woman standing in the doorway of frosted glass doors with a hand on one handle.
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First Woman President of the Royal Society of Chemistry

January 2014, Royal Society of Chemistry, London

b.1953, London

British inorganic chemise Lesley Yellowlees was elected President of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 the first woman in their 170 year history. Yellowlees gained her BSc in Chemical Physics in 1975, and her PhD in Inorganic Electrochemistry in 1982. She was the only woman in her undergraduate class, graduating with a first. Lesley was also the first woman at the University of Edinburgh to be appointed head of chemistry in 2005 and then vice principal and head of the college of science and engineering in 2011.

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