Beatrice Cave-Browne-Cave was educated at home and was blessed with siblings around her who shared her passion for mathematics. She would eventually go up to Girton in 1895 and come away in 1899, having been placedin the Third Class in Part II of the Mathematics Tripos, perhaps, with hindsight, a rather modest indication of her mathematical potential.
She immediately took one of the few options open to female mathematicians and became a teacher at Clapham High School, but it would be an opening at UCL just before war began that would launch Cave-Browne-Cave’s career in mathematics.
Her sister Frances was employed as a mathematics lecturer at Girton, but had established a concurrent working relationship with Karl Pearson in London and so likely played somepart in Beatrice’s appointment. Beatrice’s initial work was statistical in nature but, as the War intensified and much to Pearson’s chagrin, she took an opportunity to earn more money by working at the Admiralty on aircraft tail loading analysis and the study of aircraft oscillations.
Source: Open University The impact of the women of the Technical Section of the Admiralty Air Department on the structural integrity of aircraft during