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Beryl Catherine Platt of Writtle

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Baroness Beryl Catherine Platt of Writtle, CBE DL Eur Ing FREng

Awards: Baroness Platt has accumulated no less than 21 Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships in recognition of her work.


Baroness Platt is a founding member of WISE, Woman into Science and Engineering, and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge with a BA in Mechanical Sciences. After graduating, she took a job at Hawkers Experimental Flight Test Department where she worked on the testing and production of fighters like the Hurricane and Typhoon, which made a difference to winning the Second World War. At the end of the war, Baroness Platt began work at British European Airways. She primarily worked on safety, and making sure aircraft could land if an engine were to fail.

Baroness Platt has gone on to chair various committees and bodies for technical education and is passionate about the future of engineering and technology in the UK. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 1981 and has chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission and was encouraged by the EOC and Engineering Council to set up WISE, Woman into Science and Engineering. She is still an active member in the House of Lords and is on the Select Committee for Science and Technology.

From 1992 to 2000 Beryl Platt was a Chancellor of Middlesex University.

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