April Inspiration Woman Profile: Beryl Catherine Platt

Beryl Catherine Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, is the Founding Chair and Patron of WISE. As a mechanical science (as we now know as engineering) major at Girton College, Cambridge, Beryl was 1 in 5 women amongst 250 men. In 1943, women were not allowed to graduate with the same title as men, so she was not awarded a degree only a ‘Title of a Degree.’ After graduation, she went on to work for Hawkers experimental flight test department, where she designed fighter planes to aid in World War II efforts. At the end of the war, she joined the research department at British European Airways where she was involved with airway safety. Platt was appointed to the House of Lords in 1981 and to the chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission in 1983. As a result of her work with the Equal Opportunities Commission, she founded WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).

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