Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the grocer’s daughter whose overpowering personality, bruising political style and free-market views transformed Britain and transfixed America through the 1980s, died April 8 after a stroke, her spokesman said in a statement. She was 87.
Thatcher was a research chemist in 1950 when she made her first run for Parliament. "My training in chemistry and law were all based on delving for facts and arriving at conclusions," she said, adding that such training proved helpful when she finally won a seat in 1959. /AP Buy Photo