Digitising the WES Journal

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) first published its journal The Women Engineer in 1919 and has continued to publish it quarterly since. The physical journals are held in the London archives of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). 

Electronic editions of The Woman Engineer can be accessed here.

PDF files of all the issues published since 2004 are available here.  

List of Donors and Sponsored Digitised Issues

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In 2015 a fundraising campaign raised enough money to digitise the WES journals.

WES is extremely grateful to the donors who made this project possible.

A £2,500 legacy from Anne Royle 

A £1,000 donation from the Royal Academy of Engineering 

Sue Bird 

Graham Marsh and Carol Long 

The IET provided invaluable support for the journal digitisation.


1920 - 1969                                         Sponsored by Anne Royle
1970 - 1989                                         Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering
1990 - 1991                                         Sponsored by Anne Royle
1992 Spring                                         Sponsored by Graham Marsh
1992 Summer, Autumn and Winter  Sponsored by Sue Bird
1993 - 1996 Spring                             Sponsored by Anne Royle
1996 Summer                                        Sponsored by Graham Marsh
1996 Autumn and Winter                   Sponsored by Carol Long
1997 - 2003                                           Sponsored by Anne Royle

Headline Sponsors

Anne Royle

Anne Royle was first introduced to WES through Isobel Hardwich (WES President 1961-1962), when they worked together, early in Anne's career. Isobel's influence enabled Anne to gain more confidence in her ability as a research materials scientist.

Anne started her career in 1956 at Ferranti as a technician in the research department analysing silicone crystal growth. In 1958 Anne moved to Associated Electrical Industries Limited (AEI), working on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) crystal growth. It was at AEI that Anne met Isobel and John Hardwich and, with Isobel's encouragement, Anne went on to study at University of Sussex from 1962 to 1965. After graduation Anne became a research scientist at English Electric in the field of materials for high power silicon devices.

In 1967 Anne moved to Malvern and joined Radar Research Establishment, the Civil Service research branch, where she continued painstaking and exacting measurement research into semi-conductors. She stayed there until her retirement. Anne held a patent for High Resistivity InP and co-authored 23 papers.

Anne died in 2014, but left a legacy to WES in recognition of her enjoyment of its progress. 

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