IOM3 members feature in the Top 100 Historical Women in Engineering list

18 Sep 2019

On 18 September, Magnificent Women released a list of 100 women engineers from history as part of a project to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering over the past 100 years and IOM3 is pleased to see eight women members of IOM3 and its predecessor organisations featured.

Among these are:

  • Cleone de Heveningham Benest (1880-1963)
  • Marie Gayler (1891-1976)
  • Monica Maurice (1908-1995)
  • Marion McQuillan (1922-1998)
  • Dorothy Pile (1902-1993)
  • Jane Plant (1945-2016)
  • Jean Taylor (1924-1999)
  • Constance Tipper (1894-1995)

The Women’s Engineering Society was formed to inspire, support and encourage women to become engineers, technicians, electricians, motor mechanics, construction workers, pilots, machine shop operatives, draughtswomen and more. The 100 Years of Women in Engineering campaign has identified the top 100 women engineers who have been influential in the UK in all engineering fields, who lived at some time between 1919 and 2019, and who are no longer with us.

Earlier this year, as part of the 150th anniversary issue of Materials World, IOM3 Senior Information Officer, Hilda Kaune and Dr Nuna Staniaszek, Director of Communications, on behalf of the Women in Materials Group, featured seven extraordinary women who made their mark in materials and minerals and as members of the Institute, including as above Marie Gayler, Dorothy Pile, Jane Ann Plant, Constance Tipper and Jean Taylor.

The Women in Materials Group was first established in 2012 to provide a focus for women members within the Institute and help support them in their careers. WIM has organised several successful events around the UK, which have attracted women members at all stages of their careers and provided valuable networking opportunities for women.

‘It is wonderful to see the number of female IOM3 members featured - these women offer inspiration to us all,’ said IOM3 President, Professor Serena Best.

Dawn Bonfield MBE CEng FIMMM,Past President and former Chief Executive of WES and said, ‘It has been inspiring to learn more about these magnificent women who were pioneers in their field and had to contend with not only a legal system which prevented their participation, but an engineering profession which made it very difficult for women to succeed in the workplace. Despite these hostile conditions, many women did thrive, and that makes their stories even more compelling. Thankfully our profession has changed enormously in the past 100 years, and we can celebrate our progress through learning more about the achievements of our predecessors.’

To find out more about IOM3 Women in Materials Group, visit

To read the celebratory Women in Materials article, visit

The Top 100 list was compiled by a list of judges after a period of public nomination through the website The judging panel was made up of Dawn Bonfield, Nina Baker, Henrietta Heald, Anne Locker, Gordon Masterton and Will Whittow.