Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Charlotte Auerbach

Lecturer in 1947, Professor of Genetics and Personal Chair in 1967.

 Charlotte Auerbach
Charlotte Auerbach

Charlotte Auerbach was a Jewish-German zoologist and geneticist who fled Nazism in Germany to pursue her PhD in genetics at the University of Edinburgh. After completing her PhD at the Institute of Animal Genetics at Edinburgh, she stayed on to research the effects of mustard gas finding that it caused mutations, often lethal, in fruit flies.

Charlotte stayed connected to the University of Edinburgh in the Institute of Animal genetics for her whole career, becoming a lecturer in 1947, Professor of Genetics and receiving a Personal Chair in 1967, and Professor Emeritus in 1969.

In 2014 a street on Edinburgh University's Kings Buildings campus was named in her honour.


Related Articles