Thursday, 29 November 2012

On this Day: 29th of November 1907 Florence Nightingale presented with the Order of Merit

Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC ( 2 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night.

On the 29th of November 1909 at the great age of 88, Florence Nightingale's contribution to British society was formally recognised when she became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit, an order reserved for those who have excelled in the arts, sciences and intellectual life.

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