|Sir James Murray|
The Oxford English Dictionary was first compiled by a Bprderer, Sir James Murray. (1837-1915). He was born in the village of Denholm, near Hawick, Roxburghshire, the son of a tailor. He left school at 14 and became a teacher and founder member of the Hawick Archaeological Society which is still flourishes today as the local history organisation.
Like so many Victorians, James Murray pursued activities focusing on self educaiton. Following a move to London, he developed an interest in languages and etymology and wrote "A Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland" - the first scientific study of dialect.
Having little formal schooling herself, she was a firm advocate of education for women, and in 1868 she was the first person to sign John Stuart Mill’s petition to Parliament in support of women’s suffrage - sixty years before this became a reality!
So it was perhaps not surprising that in 1879 the founders of a new college at Oxford for women students chose the name of Somerville in recognition of her example.
Mary Fairfax Somerville died at the age of 92, and an obituary notice in London's Morning Post in 1872 described as the "Queen of Nineteenth Century Science."
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