ETHEL MARY READER WOOD was the youngest daughter of the Rev. Henry Wood, and was born at Biddenham, near Bedford, in July 1871 ; there her early years were spent, until she became a pupil at the Bedford High School for Girls, whence in due course she passed on to Newnham College to continue her scientific studies in the University of Cambridge. It was there that she came under the influence of Hughes and Marr, and took up the study of geology with characteristic energy, finding particular interest and pleasure in those field excursions to different parts of the country which were such a feature of Hughes' teaching.
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ELLES, G. Dame Ethel Shakespear, D. B. E. Nature 157, 256–257 (1946). https://doi.org/10.1038/157256a0