Curran, Joan Elizabeth, Lady Curran, 1916-1999, scientist

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Curran, Joan Elizabeth, Lady Curran, 1916-1999, scientist

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  • Joan Elizabeth Strothers

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1916 - 1999

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Joan Elizabeth Curran (nee Strothers), born in Swansea, was a distinguished scientist who made a considerable contribution to Britain’s defence effort during the Second World War. She also worked to support mentally handicapped children, and was very active in the early years of the University of Strathclyde.

Joan worked as a research student in Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge where she met Samuel Curran. They married in 1940. During the Second World War, she was instrumental in ‘Operation Windows’: a device to disrupt enemy radar. Joan Curran also worked on the Manhattan project along with Sir Samuel Curran.

In 1953 Lady Curran formed the Scottish Society for the Mentally Handicapped, the first meetings of which were in her own home.

She was also very active in University life, supporting her husband who became the first Principal of the University of Strathclyde in 1964. She took steps to involve women socially and educationally in the institution and founded the Strathclyde Women’s Group.

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Curran, Sir Samuel Crowe, 1912-1998, Knight, physicist, Principal of University of Strathclyde (1912-1998)

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P0021

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Curran, Sir Samuel Crowe, 1912-1998, Knight, physicist, Principal of University of Strathclyde

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Curran, Joan Elizabeth, Lady Curran, 1916-1999, scientist

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1940 - 1999

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P1190

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GB 249

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by R. Jones December 2020.

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Oration for honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde 1987 (OS/89/23)
Atomic heritage website: https://www.atomicheritage.org/profile/joan-e-curran

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