(May 12 1820 – August 13 1910)
Florence Nightingale was a notable English nurse, writer and statistician. She tended to wounded soldiers and came to distinction for her revolutionary work in nursing during the Crimean War. She was given the name “The Lady with the Lamp” after her habit of making rounds at night.
Florence Nightingale was born into a rich, upper-class, well-connected British family.
In February 1837, inspired by what she took as a call from God, Florence announced her decision to enter nursing. The response of her mother and sister was extreme anger and distress. In this, she rebelled against the expected role for a woman of her type, which was to become a wife and mother. Nightingale worked diligently to become educated in the art and science of nursing, in spite of opposition from her family and the societal expectation for wealthy young women like her.