Who was the first British woman mechanical engineer?

VARENA HOLMES 1889 – 1964

Verena Holmes was a lifelong supporter of women as engineers having aspired to the role since childhood.

Verena’s first job was working in a propeller factory and she spent several years studying engineering becoming a specialist in marine and locomotive engines.

She developed several inventions and held the patent for medical devices as well as engine parts.

During WW2, she worked in naval weaponry and trained women in munitions factories.

She was a founder member of the Women’s Engineering Society in 1919 and was an officer of the organisation several times.

She established an engineering company in 1946 which only employed women.

Her work is recognised by the annual Verena Holmes lecture given to foster the interest of children and young people in engineering.

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