Marbai Ardesir Vakil
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Who am I?
Dr Marbai Ardesir Vakil was born in Mumbai, India in 1868 and in 1897 became the first female Asian graduate of the University of Glasgow.
I am monumental because
Vakil, the eldest daughter of a solicitor, graduated with a BA fro Wilson College, Mumbai (then Bombay) in 1888. She enrolled at Grant Medical College in Mumbai in 1888 - then at the London School of Medicine for Women in 1890. In 1893 she arrived in Glasgow - enrolling at the Queen Margaret College Medical School, a women’s medical school which was at the time merging with the University. She graduated with an MB CM in 1897 - just three years after Marion Gilchrist became the first female graduate of the University. After graduating she spent two years working in Glasgow - before returning to Mumbai. She relocated to Aden in 1927, where she worked in government service and private practice until 1941.
Source: the University of Glasgow’s International Story Blog