Dr Ruth Young

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      GB 254 MS 31
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      0.10 linear metres. The records are on paper and include photographs.

Scope and Content

Journals of journeys to the Far East, Middle East, India, Ethiopia, Canada and United States 1934-1945; reports 1943.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Ruth Young was born in Dundee on 26 January, 1884, daughter of William B. Wilson, flax merchant, Dundee. She was educated at Dundee High School and went on to obtain a BSc at the University College, Dundee (St. Andrews University) in 1907 and an MB ChB from the Advanced Medical School, Dundee, in 1909.

After postgraduate study in Vienna and Dresden, she went to India to take up a position as a lecturer at the Women's Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, from 1910 until 1916, before spending a year as Professor of Surgery at Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi. In 1917 she married C.B. Young. She then did voluntary work, chiefly in maternity and child welfare, until 1925, when she became Personal Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer, Women's Medical Service of India. She was awarded the M.B.E. in 1928.

In 1931, she became the director of the Maternity and Child Welfare Bureau of the Indian Red Cross Society, and in 1936, she took up position as the Principal of Lady Hardinge Medical College, holding the post until 1940. In 1941, she was awarded the C.B.E. Two years later she travelled to Ethiopia to advise the Ethiopian Women's Work Association on welfare work. She retired in 1951. Ruth Young died on 2 December, 1983.


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Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, September 2001.

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