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Brigitte Alice Askonas (1923–2013) by unknown photographer, 1970s © reserved; National Institute of Medical Research


Askonas, Brigitte Alice [Ita] (1923–2013), immunologist and biochemist, was born on 1 April 1923 in Vienna, the second child and only daughter of Czech parents who were Jewish converts to Catholicism, Carl Frederick (later Charles Frederick) Askonas (1893–1946) and his wife, Rose, née...


Watkins, Winifred May (1924–2003), biochemist, was born on 6 August 1924 at 116 Coningham Road, Hammersmith, London, the second daughter of Albert Edward Watkins, a process engraver for a firm that worked for newspapers, and his wife, Annie Bertha, née Delia. Her family had no apparent scientific connections. She was educated at ...