Last updated on 29 March 2021
This year we celebrated the women our buildings are named after.
To mark the celebrations for this year’s International Women’s Day, here are some of the iconic pioneering women in scientific research and education that our campus buildings have been named after. We look forward to doing more of the same in future.
Marjorie Ziff MBE is an English philanthropist known for her assistance to the Leeds Jewish community. She is now a patron of the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.
Ziff is an honorary graduate and a long-standing friend of the University of Leeds.
As a result of her help within the community of Leeds, Ziff received an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours.
University of Leeds graduate Esther Simpson was a dedicated, honourable lobbyist and organiser for the Academic Assistance Council. She helped to restructure the cultural and intellectual landscape of the Western World.
Esther helped hundreds of refugees during World War II, placing them in different work positions all over the world. She received an OBE in 1956 as a result of her efforts.
Irene Manton was a British botanist and Professor of Botany at the University of Leeds, well-known for her study of ferns and algae.
She was made the first female President of the Linnean Society of London.
Manton established the biological use of electron microscopy.
Margaret Ethel Storm Jameson was an English journalist and author, recognised for her novels and reviews.
Jameson was President of the British International PEN Association , and actively helped refugee writers.
She joined the National Union of Women Suffrage Societies, and in 1913, participated in the Women’s Pilgrimage to show the House of Commons how many women wanted the vote.