elsie macgillElizabeth “Elsie” MacGill was the first woman in Canada to receive a degree in electrical engineering, likely first in the world to hold a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and the first woman to work as a professional aircraft designer.

She was dubbed “Queen of the Hurricanes” in a wartime comic book for her work in overseeing design refinements and production of Hawker Hurricanes.

The fighter plane was a stalwart workhorse in the Second World War, and especially the Battle of Britain. 

(Source: Canada Post)

Additional references:

Library and Archives Canada

The Canadian Encyclopedia


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