Florence Nightingale, a statistician and British social reformer, was a great woman who has founded the professional modern nursing. She served the people (wounded soldiers) during the Crimean War as a nurse and became famous as “The Lady with the Lamp”. She had established her own nursing school (first nursing school of the world) at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Florence Nightingale Facts:

Born: on 12th of May in 1820, at Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Italy

Died: on 13th of August in 1910 at age 90, in Park Lane, London, England, United Kingdom

Known for: Pioneering modern nursing

Also Known as: The Lady with the Lamp

Medical career:

Profession: Nurse and statistician

Institutions: Selimiye Barracks, Scutari

Specialism: Hospital hygiene and sanitation

Education: King’s College London

Father: William Edward Nightingale

Mother: Frances (“Fanny”) Nightingale

Sister: Frances Parthenope Verney

Famous Books:

  • Notes on Nursing
  • Letters from Egypt
  • Ever yours, Florence Nightingale
  • Florence Nightingale: The Crimean War (2010)
  • Florence Nightingale: Extending Nursing (2009)

Commemoration: International Nurses Day is celebrated worldwide on her birthday.