And so you continued alone as far as the women were concerned?
And there had been women there in physics before you?
Yes. Not too many. There had been some.
You were probably the only woman at the lectures.
I was, indeed.
You were regarded as something of a curiosity, or you were ignored?
Well, was I think rather resented, know was resented by Rutherford because there was a rule that the women were not allowed to occupy the same rows of seats as the men, so I had to sit in the front row all by myself. And Rutherford always used to start his lectures very pointedly: “Ladies…and gentlemen.”
take it that he resented your taking up the entire row of seats that might have been occupied by men, or?
No. I don’t think he thought much of women in research.
Or did this cramp his lecturing style?
I don’t believe so. He was rather forthright. I became quite a close friend of his daughter, and she reported to me that he had said to her indignantly, “She isn’t interested in you, my dear; she’s just interested in me,” which made me so mad that I decided that I would not continue in physics but that I would turn to astronomy as soon as I could.