Frances Hoggan Purple Plaque Unveiling

We are supporting a purple plaque in commemoration of Frances Hoggan, in whose name one of our annual medals is awarded. The plaque will be unveiled at a ceremony in Brecon on 3 March, followed by a reception at the town’s Guildhall.

Frances Hoggan (1843-1927) was a pioneering medical practitioner, researcher and social reformer from Brecon who played a significant role in the battle for women in the UK to study medicine in the nineteenth century.

Society President,  Professor Hywel Thomas said: “Frances Hoggan exemplified Wales’ dissenting tradition, through her campaigning on women’s health, education for girls and the right of women to study medicine.

“The Learned Society of Wales recognises these pioneering contributions through our annual Hoggan Medal, which celebrates outstanding contributions by women in STEM subjects.

“We are therefore delighted to be sponsoring this purple plaque in Frances Hoggan’s honour and hope it kindles further interest in this remarkable woman.”