Martha Annie Whiteley(1866-1956), Editor of Thorpes Dictionary of Applied Chemistry
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A pioneering chemist, known for her efforts during World War I and campaigns for women in science. In 1920 Whiteley became assistant professor at the Royal College of Science, which became part of Imperial College in 1907. During World War I she worked with Jocelyn Thorpe, developing drugs to treat soldiers and gases that could be used in conflict, including mustard gas. She was appointed OBE in 1920 for her services during the War. With eighteen female chemists she produced a petition demanding the Chemical Society change their men only admission policy. She would eventually become the society's first woman member in 1928. Alfred Keogh asserted that he knew 'no one more likely to inspire women students to great things in science'.
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