College boat named after Biochemistry Professor

The 'Elspeth Garman' and crew out on the river

The 'Elspeth Garman' and crew out on the river


After the races against 2 other alumni boats. Professor Garman is in the white T-shirt

After the races against 2 other alumni boats. Professor Garman is in the white T-shirt

Professor Elspeth Garman in the Department has had a boat at Linacre College named after her. The naming marks her success in establishing Linacre's first women's rowing eight shortly after she joined the college. A delighted Professor Garman called it 'a very great honour'.

Having learned to row at Durham University, Professor Garman came to Linacre College to do her D.Phil in 1976 and found herself joining the college Men's crew as there was no women's boat at that time. After endless altercations between crew members over whether she should compete with them in the Summer rowing competition, she took matters into her own hands and left to start a women's crew.

'They just laughed at me as there were almost no other women rowers in the College then,' she recalls. The Linacre women's boat has been going ever since.

Professor Garman had the opportunity to test the boat, rowing in her favourite position, at a College alumni event in June.





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