Mary Thompson Irvine
Mary Thompson Irvine
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|Born||August 19, 1919|
Partick, Glasgow, United Kingdom
|Known for||First woman to become a chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers|
Mary Thompson Irvine, married name Lindsay (1919 - 2001) was the first woman to become a chartered member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and is therefore a pioneer for women in engineering in the UK.
Mary successfully passed the institution's admission examination in 1947 at a time in the UK, when most women did not have access to the education opportunities which facilitated a professional career. Mary began training as an architect but switched to structural engineering after being inspired by a visit to a steelworks. She studied evening courses at Bradford Technical College and then the Royal Technical College in Glasgow (now Strathclyde University). Irvine's long career led her to work in the UK, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa, from the 1930s to 1985, with a specialism in structural steelwork for commercial and industrial buildings. A particularly notable project was her work on the Castle Peak B Power Station in Hong Kong (1982) where she wrote analysis software to analyse pressures on the steel boiler houses. During her career she worked for the London Country Council Taylow Woodrow and Bradshaw Buckton & Tonge of Leeds, establishing a Dundee office for the latter in 1979. 
- "Institution of Structural Engineers". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
- "Visit to Steelworks Changed Mary's Life". Dundee Courier and Advertiser. 14 May 1982.
- "Engagement of Woman Structural Engineer". Yorkshire Evening Post. 30 November 1953.
- Strathclyde University Archives reference: OE/11/3/1/46: Royal Technical College Register of Students, session 1946-1947
- Mary Thompson Irvine | Obituary | Athens Daily Review
- Top 100 Women - Magnificent Women
- Mary Thompson - Public Member Stories - Ancestry.com
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