Frances Hoggan

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Spring 2020


Frances Hoggan (1843–1927), a physician, medical researcher, and social reformer, was the first woman in Britain and the second woman in Europe to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree (1870). During her medical career in England, she became an influential proponent of education for girls and women, often writing and speaking publicly in support of improving women’s educational, legal, and employment opportunities. Frances (née Morgan) married George Hoggan in 1874. Together they ran successful private practices in London, performed research, co-wrote articles, and published extensively in leading medical journals of the day, as well as campaigned for various social causes.