Feb 18 2021

Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebration PODCAST

18th February 2021

“Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations”

Episode 15: High Ranking Engineers

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Lilian Bader (1918 – 2015) was a very successful Aircraft Instrument Engineer in the WAAF (land-based Women’s Auxiliary Air Force), rising to Leading Aircraftwoman and finally Acting Corporal, the first woman to achieve her stripes.

A female engineer in uniform holds a torch to investigate the inner workings of an aeroplane

Science Historian Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge, discusses the life and work of Lilian Bader with Warrant Officer Ali Fisher (seen left inspecting an F-35B) an Aeronautical Engineer from the RAF, whose stellar career will inspire anyone to take flight.

Music by Amanda Ira Aldridge (1866 -1956) Composer & Singer
Aldridge studied singing with Jenny Lind, her father was a famous Shakespearean actor, and she taught Paul Robeson (Bader’s favourite singer!). “Azelea” was the original title but we have slightly altered the words to more closely represent the love story of Lilian Bader and her husband. It’s new title is “Dark Eyed Soldier”
Sound Effect Credits are on the Soundcloud page

Lilian Bader in her WAAF uniform

Lilian Bader
Aircraft Instrument Engineer
18th February 1918 in Liverpool

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Created by electric voice theatre, Minerva Scientifica is a project that brings together professional performers with community musicians and school children. Together, we raise awareness of the rich heritage and deep connections between music and science, and inspire the next generation of future scientists.

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