Margaret Hilda Thatcher (née Roberts), Baroness Thatcher (1925-2013), Prime Minister
Sitter in 31 portraits
Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to hold the office in Britain and was re-elected twice, in 1983 and 1987. Educated at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School and Somerville College, Oxford, her first career was as a research chemist (1947-51). She was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1954. Her career at the House of Commons began when she was elected MP for Finchley in 1959. Created a Life Peer in 1992.