Beatrice Edgell was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on 26 October 1871 and died in Cheltenham on 10 August 1948. She was educated chiefly at Notting Hill High School for Girls (1886–91) and at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, from where she graduated with a BA in mental and moral science in 1894 (the degree being awarded by the University of London). She gained distinction in the Teacher's Diploma of the University of London in 1896, and was subsequently awarded an MA (1899) and a DLitt (1924) by the University of Wales. She undertook her doctoral studies abroad, under Oswald Külpe at the University of Würzburg, where she received training in the new experimental psychology, presenting her thesis, Die Grenzen des Experiments als Einer Psychologischen Methode, in 1901. She became the first woman graduate of the University of Würzburg and the first British woman to be awarded a doctorate in psychology. She was appointed lecturer in philosophy and Head of the Department of Mental and Moral Science at Bedford College London, a post which she held from 1898 to 1933. The title of reader in psychology was conferred on her in 1913, and she became the first woman Professor of Psychology in Britain in 1927.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.