Gertrude Lilian Entwisle was born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, England back in 1892. She graduated from the Manchester High School for Girls and continued her education at the University of Manchester but she never graduated. in 1915, she went to work at British Westinghouse working on the design of the DC motor.
She never married and was allowed to stay on the condition that she never was to wear trousers (my have times changed). She spent most of her career working on the design, manufacturing and cost of the AC and DC machines while attending the Manchester College of Science and Technology. She retired after 39 years as an electrical design engineer.
What you may not know about Gertrude is that she was the first British woman to retire from a complete career in industry as a professional engineer; the first female engineer to work at British Westinghouse and the first female student, graduate and associate member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, later the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
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