Winifred Elsie Brenchley(1883-1953), Agricultural botanist; Head of the Botany Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station
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Brenchley was one of the first women scientist to be employed at an agricultural institution in the UK and was instrumental in opening up the field to women. After attending Swanley Horticultural College, Brenchley studied botany at University College London. She was awarded the Gilchrist studentship for university women at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in 1906. The station admitted that 'the funds available would not have attracted a suitable man'. In 1907 she became head of the botanical department, where she remained until she retired. Weeds of Farmland published in 1920 was the first comprehensive study of weeds in the UK and her findings on growing plants in water culture became widely used in the field.
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