Who was Hertha Ayrton

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Who was Hertha Ayrton?

  • Hertha Ayrton was born in Portsea in 1854
  • She was one of the first women to attend Cambridge and obtained a BSc degree from the University of London in 1881 (as Cambridge weren't awarding degrees to women at this time).
  • She was interested in the movement of air and water.
  • She invented a fan to remove poison gas from the trenches in WWI, this was later used in mines.
  • She was one of the first women to make a significant contribution to the field of electrical engineering.