Winifred Boys-Smith

Winifred Lily Boys-Smith (7 November 1865 – 1 January 1939) was an English science artist and lecturer, university professor, school principal. She was born in Corsham, Wiltshire, England on 7 November 1865.[1]

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Photo of Winifred Boys-Smith from the Otago Witness in March 1911
Winifred Lily Boys-Smith

(1865-11-07)7 November 1865
Died1 January 1939(1939-01-01) (aged 73)
OccupationScientist, Professor
Illustration from Textbook of Elementary Botany

Boys-Smith studied at the University of Cambridge between 1891 and 1895. She took the full honours course for natural sciences tripos, however, was only given a certificate as women were not granted degrees at the time.[2]

She taught at Cheltenham Ladies College from 1896 to 1906[1] and the University of Otago from 1911.

Her nephew, John Sandwith Boys Smith, was Master of St John's College, Cambridge [3] and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1963 to 1965.[4]

When Flowering Plants was published in 1903, a review in Nature called the illustrations "unusually good".[5]

Boys-Smith features as one of the Royal Society of New Zealand's "150 women in 150 words" project in 2017.[6]

Books illustratedEdit

  • Laurie, Charlotte (1903). Flowering Plants: Their Structure And Habitat. Allman and Sons.
  • Laurie, Charlotte (1905). A text-book of elementary botany. Allman and Sons.


  1. ^ a b McDonald, Heath. "Winifred Lily Boys-Smith". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Boys-Smith, Winifred Lily". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Correspondence and papers of John Sandwith Boys Smith (1901–1991), theologian, Master of St John's 1959–1969 | St John's College, Cambridge". Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Weglowska, Magdalena (23 February 2015). "History of the Vice-Chancellorship". Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Flowering Plants: their Structure and Habitat". Nature. 68 (1774): 621. 1903. doi:10.1038/068621d0. ISSN 1476-4687.
  6. ^ "150 Women in 150 Words". Royal Society Te Apārangi. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

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