Emily Winifred Dickson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Emily Winifred Dickson was born in Tyone, Ireland back in 1866 to Thomas and Elizabeth. Her mother was sick for most of her childhood so she nursed her for over a year after school. She was educated at the Mrs. Byers’ Ladies Collegiate school in Belfast. At the time women were not allowed to attend Trinity College, Dublin however in 1887 she was accepted to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

By 1891, she had achieved her license with a Bachelor of Medicine with honors. After graduation, she was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Royal University of Ireland spending six months in Vienna and Berlin. She practiced gynecology for the Richmond, Whitworth and Hardwick Hospital in Dublin from 1895 to 1898. She married Robert Martin in 1899, thus ending her practice of medicine until WWI. She caught the Spanish Flu in 1919 which affected her health. With the onset of WWII, she once again was hired by Rainhill Mental Hospital in Lancashire when she died of cancer in 1944, she was 77.

What you may not know about Emily is that she was the first female Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the first female Fellow of any of the Royal Colleges of Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.

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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that's an additional journey in the medical field and is awarded for a specialty.... an honor for Emily Dickson to be the first.....

Sep 21, 2019 03:06 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - another example of a woman to achieved and broke barriers regardless of the odds.

Sep 21, 2019 04:16 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Have to admire her determination not to be left behind! She went for it! Enjoyy your day. 

Sep 21, 2019 05:05 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A pioneer in the medical field and would probably have a disdain for the modern health field.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 21, 2019 05:15 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a well deserved honored title. Women power.

Sep 21, 2019 05:34 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is both a sad and impressive story of an unusual woman.

Sep 21, 2019 05:41 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 That’s another great woman who we all wish our daughters and granddaughters would turn out to be James Dray 

Sep 21, 2019 06:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... what a wonderful woman to inspire the generations of women coming after her.

Sep 21, 2019 06:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - yet another unknown story with details that could definitely inspire a book or more...

Sep 21, 2019 06:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another wonderful story of a woman who made a difference in our world.  Happy Saturday.  A

Sep 21, 2019 07:36 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A very talented woman indeed and one that I had never heard of until today.  I hope that your weekend will be enjoyed!

Sep 21, 2019 08:07 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Always lots of firsts in your blog James in the history of the past.  Thanks for your history lessons to us.


Sep 21, 2019 09:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

She was certainly an impressive woman who no doubt inspired many to follow in her footsteps.


Sep 21, 2019 09:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- your daily posts remind me of the amazing number of men and women who have made huge contributions, and yet we no little to nothing about them. 

Sep 21, 2019 10:21 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing another amazing story.  We have been very fortunate to have these men and women come before us with their great wisdom.

Sep 21, 2019 05:33 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love this story and especially love to learn about pioneering women in medicine, James! Thank you for sharing.

Sep 22, 2019 08:40 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Pioneers who blaze the trail for all of us, so appreciative of what they did! Thanks for enlightening us.

Sep 30, 2019 05:46 AM