Barbara Frances Wootton,
scientist, born in Cambridge.
She studied at Cambridge, where she became a lecturer in economics, moving
to be director of studies (1927--44) and professor of social studies (1948--52)
at London. A frequent royal commissioner and London magistrate, she is
best known for her Testament for Social Science (1950), in which she attempted
to assimilate the social to the natural sciences. She was created a life
peer in 1958.