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Dommett, Roy Leonard (1933–2015), missile scientist, was born on 25 June 1933 at 30 Wharncliffe Road, Itchen, Southampton, the son of Leonard Frank Dommett (1907–1996), a painter and decorator, and his wife Rose Eveline, née Diaper (1909–2006), both from the ...

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Hawkins, Benjamin Waterhouse (1807–1894), natural history artist and sculptor, was born on 8 February 1807 in Devonshire Street, London, the son of Thomas Hawkins (1777/8–1811), artist, and his wife, Louisa Anna (b. 1781/2), daughter of William Waterhouse, plantation owner in Jamaica. Educated at ...

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Pingo family (per. c. 1690–1815), clockmakers, engravers, and medallists, was established in London in the 1670s. It is believed that the name Pingo or Pingoe—as it was formerly, and occasionally, styled—comes from Devon, where members of the Pyncowe, Pinchoe, and Pinkoe families were living between the 1480s and 1640s....

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Potter, Walter (1835–1918), taxidermist, was born at Bramber, Sussex, on 2 July 1835 (and was baptized at Bramber on 13 September), the sixth son of James Potter (d. 1867), labourer, and his wife, Sarah (1802/3–1838). His mother died when he was young, and his father, by then employed as a publican, was remarried in 1840, to ...

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Walter Potter (1835–1918) by unknown photographer courtesy of the British Historical Taxidermy Society

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Sievier, Robert William (1794–1865), engraver, sculptor, and scientist, was born in London on 24 July 1794. He decided to become an engraver after gaining a silver medal from the Society of Arts in 1812 for a pen-and-ink drawing. He trained under John Young...

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Ward, (James) Rowland (1847–1912), taxidermist, was born at 21 Edward Street, St Pancras, London, on 12 May 1847, the second son of (Edwin) Henry Ward (1812–1878) and his wife, Emily, née Hunt. His family had a long association with natural history. His grandfather was a naturalist and dealer in animal skins and his father, who had accompanied ...