Feb 292024

Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

A courtyard with grey and tan stone buildings, stairs and green grass.

Eleanor Anne Ormerod (1828 – 1901) as a British entomologist, and one of the first to establish economic and agricultural entomology. She acquired extensive knowledge on controlling insect pests, and her publications on this matter became very popular, establishing her as an authority on entomology. Ormerod was a consultant to the Royal Agricultural Society of England and was awarded the Flora medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for her contributions to their collection of insect pests. She became the first woman to be given an honorary LLD degree by the University of Edinburgh, and in 2017 the university also named their research cloud computing service, ‘Eleanor’, after her. Ormerod’s portrait can be found at the foot of the south-east stair in Old College.

Note: This portrait is currently on display in a staff-only area of Old College, so in-person viewing may not be possible.

Portrait painting of a dark-haired, dark-eyed woman wearing a graduation cap and gown, posing with her left hand up to her cheek.
Portrait of Eleanor Anne Ormerod
Courtesy of University of Edinburgh Special Collections
A collage showing a dark green book cover with a golden apple embossed on the front, a title page reading Insects Injurious to Orchard
via Wikimedia Commons


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