Lesley Scott Souter

Biography of Lesley Scott Souter

Lesley Scott Souter Matric
Lesley Scott Souter Matric

Lesley Scott Souter was the first woman Honours graduate in Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She received a BSc Honours in Electrical Engineering in 1940.

Lesley Scott Souter was born in Elgin on the 25th October 1917, and was the daughter of James Stephen Souter, an Electrical Engineer.

Following in her father's footsteps, Lesley enrolled to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow in 1936. In her first year she studied Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, and Engineering drawing, followed in her second with additional classes in Electrical Engineering, Heat Engines, and Mechanics. In her final two years she took all Engineering classes, focusing on Electrical Engineering and Design.

Lesley graduated in 1940, and was the first woman to graduate with an Bsc Honours degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation she returned to Elgin, where she worked as an Electrical Engineer.

Lesley was a member of the Women's Engineering Society, based in London. In 1958, she co-wrote an article for the 'Journal of the Women's Engineering Society' entitled Training and Opportunities for Women in Engineering.


Lesley Scott Souter
Born 25 October 1917.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1940;
Occupation categories: electrical engineers
Record last updated: 22nd Jun 2017

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