Waveney MP’s call to celebrate the life of a top Beccles scientist

Scientist Dorothy Hodgkin is included in a set of British stamps featuring "Women of Achievement" is

Scientist Dorothy Hodgkin is included in a set of British stamps featuring "Women of Achievement" issured in 1996. - Credit: PA

Members of Parliament are being asked to celebrate the work of a former north Suffolk school pupil who made a huge impact in the world of science.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous is calling on MPs to join him in celebrating the good work of local scientist Dorothy Hodgkin.

Mr Aldous tabled an Early Day Motion this week to commemorate her life and urge for her achievements in science to be taught at Key Stage 1 of the education syllabus.

Dorothy Hodgkin, who attended Sir John Leman Grammar in Beccles, was an extraordinary woman who devoted her life to biomedicine.

She was known for sharing her findings with all colleagues no matter how junior and did not seek fame or fortune.


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The science block at Sir John Leman High School has now been named after her.

Mr Aldous said: 'Dorothy Hodgkin had a truly remarkable life and her contribution to science should not be forgotten. She remains an inspiration to any aspiring scientist.'

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The MP was supported by James Woodrow, curator of Beccles Museum, and Jeremy Rowe, headteacher at Sir John Leman High School.

Mr Rowe said the school was proud that Dorothy Hodgkin was a former pupil.

'Our school is incredibly proud to have had Dorothy Hodgkin here as a student.

'Our pride in her incredible achievements is woven into the fabric of Sir John Leman High School, where her pioneering example will always be remembered,' he said.

Dorothy Hodgkin, who died in 1994, is best remembered for her work as a pioneer in the field of x-ray crystallography.

She was recognised as one of five 'women of achievement' selected for a set of British stamps. Dorothy Hodgkin Court in Beccles is named after the scientist.

• Early Day Motions are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated but they allow MPs to draw attention to a cause.

• Which East Anglian residents, past or present, deserve to be recognised more for their achievements? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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