THE former Leigh home of a world-renowned scientist will have a blue plaque installed to honour her remarkable life.

Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker, who is revered in Japan and known as the ‘Mother of the Sea’ for her scientific research, will have the memorial placed near to her former home in the town.

She is believed to have lived on Windermere Road.

Born in Leigh, Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker (1901 – 1957) was a world-renowned scientist and botanist with her research into nori (edible seaweed used in sushi) making her a celebrated figure in Japan.

A monument was erected in her memory in 1963 in the city of Uto and her life is the subject of an annual celebration on April 14.

Leader of the council, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “The line-up for 2022 is a remarkable mix of individuals and the origins of a sporting institution that have all made their mark across the world.

“We’re extremely proud of their roots within Wigan Borough and that is what the Blue Plaque Scheme is all about. It highlights our rich heritage and is a key part of our cultural strategy.”

The council’s blue plaques are a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person, event or former building on the site.

Nominations can now be submitted for next year, with ceremonies taking place each year linked to the council’s cultural manifesto, The Fire Within.

Further details about the unveiling ceremonies will be provided later in 2022.