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Helena Rosa Wright

WRIGHT, Helena Rosa, née Lowenfeld, English gynaecologist, 1888-1982. Trained first at the Royal Free Hospital, then for the RAMC at Bethnal Green Hospital during WW1. Helena met her husband to be, a surgeon, at Bethnal Green Hospital. Later she qualified in gynaecology. Soon after the family went to China and Helena lectured at Shantung Christian U. from 1922-7. They travelled home via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The invention of disposable nappies is believed to have its origins here, since her baby of a few months age slept in the luggage rack throughout. On a stopover in Berlin, Helena learned of some new intra-uterine devices for contraception. After arriving in London, she immediately founded a free clinic giving advice on sexual matters and contraception. A founder of The National Birth-Control Council in 1930, the organisation that later became known as the Family Planning Association. Also in 1930, she wrote ‘The Sex-Factor in Marriage’. After her retirement, Helena advised overseas students in London about family planning. Finally in 1968, at the age of 80, she wrote ‘Sex and Society’.

Gynaecologist Contraception Pioneer

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