In celebration of International Women's Day, plans have been announced to rename rooms at Edinburgh University's Argyle House after notable women from the University's past.
One of the rooms will be named after Annie Hutton Numbers, a chemist and teacher who graduated from Edinburgh in 1918.
Annie Hutton Numbers (1897–1988)
Annie Hutton Numbers was a scientist, teacher and lifelong-learner. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1918 with the degree of MA (hons) in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In 1917 she joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, where she was a member for 16 years. After completing her undergraduate studies, Annie enrolled on a course of professional training, to become a Specially Qualified Teacher of Science in Intermediate and Secondary Schools.
In 1920, Annie graduated from University or Edinburgh again, this time with a B.Sc. in both Mathematics and Chemistry. Throughout the final stages of her degrees, Annie worked as an assistant in the chemistry laboratories, and was appointed Assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. While part of the university staff, Annie completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry. In 1926, she was awarded a Ph.D. for the thesis The Influence of Substituents on the Optical Rotatory Power of Compounds.
Between the years of 1926 and 1928, Annie co-authored a number of papers for publication in the Journal of the Chemical Society. She left her post at the Department to become a secondary-school teacher in Ipswich. In just a handful of years, she achieved the status of Senior Science Mistress. Annie retired from teaching in 1965.