Somerville College, Oxford
|Sister College||Girton College|
|Principal||Dame Fiona Caldicott|
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2 Notable former students
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In June 1878 the Association for the Higher Education of Women was formed, aiming for the eventual creation of a college for women in Oxford. Some of the more prominent members of the association were Dr. Bradley, master of University College, T. H. Green, a prominent liberal philosopher, and Edward Talbot. The latter insisted on a specifically Anglican institution, which was unacceptable to most of the other members. The two parties eventually split, and one went on to found Lady Margaret Hall. Thus, in 1879, a second committee was formed "in which no distinction will be made between students on the ground of their belonging to different religious denominations". The members of this second committee included Dr. John Percival, Dr. G. W. Kitchin, A. H. D. Ackland, T. H. Green, Mary Ward, William Sidgwick, Henry Nettleship and A. G. Vernon Harcourt. The name they chose was Somerville College after the then recently deceased mathematician Mary Somerville, one of the greatest English mathematicians of the 19th century.
Somerville became co-educational in 1993.
Notable former studentsSomerville has educated some of the most influential minds of the 20th century.
- Vera Brittain, novelist
- Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India
- Dorothy Hodgkin, Nobel Prize winner for her discovery of the structure of Vitamin B12.
- Winifred Holtby, novelist
- Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978), archaeologist
- Rose Macaulay, novelist
- Iris Murdoch, author of The Good Apprentice.
- Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1979-90.
- Dorothy L. Sayers, author of the Lord Peter Wimsey books and translator of Dante's Inferno.
- Shirley Williams, politician
- Enid Starkie
- Angela Vincent
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