Authorised form of nameStephenson; Marjory (1885 - 1948)
Dates1885 - 1948
Place of birthBurwell, Cambridgeshire, England
Date of birth24 January 1885
Place of deathCambridge
Date of death12/12/1948
Research fieldMicrobiology
At home (until aged 12); Berkhampstead High School for Girls; Newnham College, Cambridge (matriculated 1903)
Studied, then taught, domestic science (for 5 years); assisted with teaching in R H A Plimmer's laboratory, University College, London (1911); researched animal lactase and the esters of palmitic acid, then later worked on experimental diabetes; worked with the Red Cross in France and Salonika (1914-1918) for which she received the MBE; biochemical department, Cambridge under Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins (FRS 1905); studied biochemical activities of bacteria; wrote 'Bacterial Metabolism' (first published 1930); collaborated with Juda Quastel (FRS 1940) on anaerobic growth in bacteria; one of the first two women to be elected to the Royal Society; Reader in Chemical Microbiology, Cambridge University (1947); helped to found the Society for General Microbiology (1945)
MBE 1918
Society for General Microbiology (second President 1947)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election22/03/1945
RelationshipsDaughter of Robert Stephenson, farmer, and his wife Sarah Rogers of Newmarket; unmarried
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB vol 18 pp 857-860
Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1948-1949 vol 6 pp 563-577, plate, by Muriel Robertson
Joan Mason, 'The Admission of the First Women to the Royal Society of London' in NR 1992 vol 46 pp 279-300, plate
Joan Mason, 'The Women Fellows' Jubilee' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 125-140
Royal Society codeNA8092
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1945/19Stephenson, Marjory: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/62/231Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Miss Marjory Stephenson, FRS5 January 1922
RR/26/138Referee's report by William Dobinson Halliburton, on a paper 'Studies in the fat metabolism of the timothy grass bacillus' by Marjory Stephenson and Margaret Dampier Whetham20 December 1921
RR/29/55Referee's report by Arthur Harden, on a paper 'Studies in the fat metabolism of the Timothy Grass Bacillus. II.—The carbon balance-sheet and respiratory quotient' by Marjory Stephenson and Margaret Dampier WhethamJune 1923
IM/004386Stephenson, Marjorynd
IM/GA/WS/21835Stephenson, Marjorynd
IM/004387Stephenson, Marjorynd
MS/916Lecture notes by Gordon Elliott Fogg1938-1946
RR/71/192Referee's report by Marjory Stephenson, on a paper 'Metabolic changes which form the basis of a microbiological assay of nicotinic acid' by H McIlwain[1948]
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