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Dr Elsie Widdowson

Dr Elsie Widdowson, an IC alumnus who has been a major contributor to the study of nutrition, has died aged 94.

Originally trained as a chemist, she was one of Imperial Colleges first women graduates. Her scientific discoveries have had universal influence in such diverse fields as farming practices, veterinary medicine, infant physiology, growth and Third World nutrition.

During the Second World War, the research and diets recommended by Dr Widdowson and colleague Professor R A McCance, are widely recognised to have been the basis of the healthiest diet the population ever had.

She became a Companion of Honour in 1993 and a Fellow of the College in 1994.

As reported last month, the Elsie Widdowson Fellowship Scheme has been named in her honour. Click on the link in the 'see also' box to read the full story

Obituaries have appeared in the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian

*** © Imperial College 2000. This article originally appeared in IC Reporter, the staff newspaper of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Please contact the editor Tanya Reed(Email:, Telephone: +44 20 7594 6697) for permission to re-use any or all parts of this article. ***