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Lucy Agnes Carter [name in religion Sister Bernardine of Jesus]

Biography of Lucy Agnes Carter [name in religion Sister Bernardine of Jesus]

Lucy Agnes Carter
Lucy Agnes Carter

Lucy Agnes Carter (b 1875) was one of the first enrolment of students at Notre Dame Training College, which opened in Glasgow in 1895 as a teacher training institution for Roman Catholics. She became Sister Bernardine of Jesus and a member of the teaching staff at Notre Dame Training College.

Born in Huntingdonshire, Carter was the daughter of a land agent. She matriculated to study at the University in 1908 and graduated BSc in 1911. She continued her studies as a research student from 1912 to 1915 and from 1920 to 1921, studying protozoology, the life history of amoeba proteins and amphibian development.

Carter received support in her research from Sister Monica Taylor of Notre Dame, who had been a research student at the University in 1910. In 1921 Sister Bernardine became the first woman (and only the second person) to be awarded a PhD by the University, for a thesis entitled The somatic mitosis of stegonyia fasciata. She graduated privately in the Robing Room on 30 June 1921.


Lucy Agnes Carter [name in religion Sister Bernardine of Jesus]
Born 18 September 1875, Kimbolton, England.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degrees: BSc, 1911; PhD, 1921;
Occupation categories: nuns; school teachers
Record last updated: 4th Jul 2017

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