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Elizabeth Adelaide Baker


Photograph courtesy of the family of Dr Baker.

Pictured here is a portrait that represents the life and work of Elizabeth Adelaide Baker as part of the College's "Admitting Women" exhibition.

Elizabeth Adelaide Baker was the first woman to apply for fellowship of the College in 1897. Although she was already a licentiate of the College through the Triple Qualification, her application for fellowship was refused on the grounds of a minor technicality within medical legislation. The College concluded that women were “not eligible among the brethren” of Fellows. While refused, Baker’s attempt at obtaining fellowship represented a bold push for gender equality in medicine.
Baker practiced medicine in many locations, including Greenhill House in Orkney and Lady Gomm Memorial Mission House and Accident Hospital in Rotherhithe.

Elizabeth Adelaide Baker


Elizabeth Adelaide Baker
Elizabeth Adelaide Baker



“Elizabeth Adelaide Baker,” Heritage, accessed June 22, 2024,