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Charles Vickery Drysdale
Charles Vickery Drysdale

Overview of Charles Vickery Drysdale FRSE CB OBE (1874–1961)
Son of Drs Charles Drysdale and Alice Vickery

Was an electrical engineer by training. From WW1 onwards he worked in research and experimental work for the Admiralty, eventually becoming Director of Scientific Research from 1929-34. He was co-founder of the Institute of Physics and served as its Vice-President 1932–1936.

Was an enthusiastic supporter of women’s suffrage and a social reformer. Founded the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage. He also sat on the Men’s Committee for Justice for Women.

He opened the first birth control clinic in Britain in 1921 (marked by a blue plaque in Walworth) assisted by Bessie (though she is not mentioned on the plaque). Co-founder the Family Planning Association in 1930.

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