Rachel Jane "Jennie" Nicol

  • The University of Zurich

University of Zurich

After her year in Boston, Jennie moved to Zurich, Switzerland where she attended the University of Zurich. Most of her time was spent at the clinics and the hospital, although she also attended two lectures daily. On Fridays, Jennie worked for about 3 hours in the pathological lab. In a letter to her dear friend, Emma, she states, "Zurich is not in itself a noted place except for its university and few old buildings of historic interest. But its surroundings are magnificent...". It was here that she eventually died of meningitis.

The University of Zurich was founded in 1833 as the first university in Europe to be founded democratically and not by the church. The university was formed by combining the colleges of theology, law, and medicine with a faculty of art. In its' first year, the university had 161 students and held 55 lectures, with the majority of students taking the medical route. In 1867 the university enrolled its' first woman, and she graduated as a doctor later the same year. Albert Einstein taught theoretical physics at the university for two years in 1909. Over the years, Zurich University has had 5 professors receive Nobel prizes.

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