1904 - 1972
Doreen Agnes Rosemary Julia Warriner was born into a middle-class farming family in Warwickshire on March 16th 1904. Her father had begun his career as a land agent, before progressing into estate management roles. He then became a landlord in his own right. Her mother remained at home as the children grew up.
She attended Malvern Girls’ College, situated in Great Malvern, Worcestershire with peers such as Elizabeth Lane, who went on to become the first female High Court Judge in England. Upon leaving the school, Warriner wanted to move into academia as a career – one which very few women had done before her - and gained a place at St Hugh’s College, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics course.
By 1933, she was lecturing on Economics at University College London. It was five years later that she received news she had been granted the chance to travel to the United States of America, via the West Indies to finish her Rockefeller Fellowship. Just prior to leaving for this trip, she decided her services could be used better elsewhere, namely Czechoslovakia.