The following achievement is associated with Ruth Pirret:
Discovery of Isotopes The value and use of isotopes in research and their importance in technology and applications to society today would have astounded Soddy.
Ruth Pirret (1874-1939) was the first woman to graduate BSc from the University, in 1898.
Born in Glasgow, Pirret was among the first women to matriculate at the University in 1892. She won eight prizes as a student including Advanced Practical Physiology and graduated BSc in Pure Science on 12 April 1898.
After teaching at schools in Kilmacolm and Newcastle, Pirret returned to Glasgow in 1909 to work with Frederick Soddy on his research into the chemistry of radioactive elements. She was the second woman (after Anne Louise McIlroy in 1908) to officially register as a research student at the University.
Pirret became Vice Warden of Ashburne House Hall in Manchester before moving to London where she died in 1939.