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Roberts, Eirlys (b. 1911)

Roberts, Eirlys (b. 1911)

English consumer activist. Born in London, England, Jan 3, 1911; dau. of a doctor; attended Clapham High School in London; earned a Classics degree from Girton College, Cambridge; m. John Cullen, in 1941.

Founded the Consumers' Association (1957), heading up the research and editorial division; created the pioneer publication Which? (1961), advocating greater safety and efficiency standards for products as well as public accountability; served as parttime director of Bureau of European Consumer Organizations, based in Brussels (1973–78); was chair of the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs and chair of the Environment and Consumer Protection subcommittee of European Economic Community. Awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE, 1971) and made Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE, 1977).

See also Women in World History.

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