Dr Marie Stopes: Her life and times (1880-1958)
by David Carter

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022

Marie Stopes known as a birth control pioneer was also a respected paleobotanist and Portland Museum’s founder and first curator

Dr Marie Stopes: Her life and times (1880-1958)

Dr Marie Stopes is best known as a birth control pioneer but was also an eminent paleobotanist and the youngest Doctor of Science in 1905 at the age of 25.

She might have continued a respected career as a scientist but for a series of events and an unfortunate marriage that led her to a life of promoting the value of happy marriages through her book ‘Married Love’ in 1919.

This book, considered by Melven Bragg as one of the 12 books that changed the world, led to controversy which in its turn led her to becoming the founder, benefactor and first curator of Portland’s Museum in 1930

David Carter is a retired Chartered Engineer with wide experience working for an international engineering consultancy while still finding time over the past 50 years to practice as an amateur maritime archaeologist. In his retirement he was the founding Chair of the ‘Friends of the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle’ where he project managed the restoration of that iconic ruined Henrican Castle and for the past 7 years has been a Trustee of Portland Museum that was founded by Dr Marie Stopes.

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