Edith Hilda Ingold
Edith Hilda Usherwood
21 July 1898
|Alma mater||Imperial College London|
|Christopher Kelk Ingold|
|Institutions||Imperial College London|
|Doctoral advisor||Martha Whiteley|
Edith Hilda, Lady Ingold (21 May 1898 - 1988) was a British chemist based in Leeds and London. As the wife of Christopher Kelk Ingold her career was somewhat overshadowed by his work and she failed to gain much public recognition, despite being an innovative chemist and partner to her husband in his work on inorganic chemistry. She was known as Lady Ingold following her husband's knighthood.
Hilda Ingold was born into a working-class family in Catford (south-east London).
Ingold attended a girls' grammar school in Lewisham, and then had two years of private education in Horsham. She then moved to the North London Collegiate School after being awarded a Clothworker's Scholarship.
As an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College Ingold attained a BSc Hons in Chemistry (1916-1920) before completing her doctorate in 1923 at Imperial College London. As the doctoral degree was only introduced to British Universities in 1917 she was one of the earliest students to qualify. Her PhD project was on tautomers, isomers of molecules which differ only in the position of a labile hydrogen atom. Her doctoral supervisor was Martha Whiteley
Following completion of her PhD she went on to complete a DSc.
She was also the president of the UCL Chemical and Physical society during the 1976-1977 academic year, one of the oldest and most prestigious societies at the university.