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Ainsworth, William Francis (1807–1896), geographer and geologist, was born on 9 November 1807, in Exeter, the third son of John Ainsworth of Rostherne, Cheshire, army officer. At the suggestion of his cousin, the novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, he adopted the additional forename Francis...

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J. A. Steers

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Debenham, Frank (1883–1965), geographer and polar scientist, was born at Bowral, New South Wales, on 26 December 1883, the second son of the Revd John Willmott Debenham, vicar of Bowral and schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith Cleveland. He attended the school run by his father and, after his death in 1898, by his mother, and from there went to the ...

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Frank Debenham (1883–1965) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 ? Popperfoto

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Dury, George Harry (1916–1996), geographer and geomorphologist, was born in Hellidon, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, on 11 September 1916, the son of Harry Dury (1879–1961), an agricultural labourer then serving as a private in the Royal West Surrey regiment, and his wife, Harriett Emma, ...

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George Harry Dury (1916–1996) by Norman Lenburg, 1979 courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Madison archives

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Embleton, Clifford (1931–1994), geomorphologist and geographer, was born on 11 May 1931 at Highfield, 11 Fairacres Road, Bebington-cum-Bromborough, Chester, the only son of Arthur Thomas Embleton (1895–1954), shipping clerk, and his wife, Constance Fitzgerald (1896–1948). He was educated at Birkenhead School and then won an open exhibition to ...

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Findlay, Alexander George, the younger (1812–1875), geographer and hydrographer, was born in London on 6 January 1812.

His father, Alexander Findlay the elder (1790–1870), engraver and cartographic and hydrographic publisher, was born on 7 December 1788 in Bermondsey, Surrey (where he was baptized at ...

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R. N. Rudmose Brown

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Hinks, Arthur Robert (1873–1945), astronomer and geographer, was born in Stoke Newington, London, on 26 May 1873, the eldest of the five sons and three daughters of Robert Hinks, a civil servant and later university lecturer, of Croydon, Surrey, and his wife, Mary, ...

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Hues, Robert (1553–1632), mathematician and geographer, was born at Little Hereford, Herefordshire, of unknown parentage. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1571. Wood recounts that on arrival he was 'only a poor scholar or servitor … he continued for some time a very sober and serious servant … but being sensible of the loss of time which he sustained there by constant attendance, he transferred himself to ...

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Jennings, Joseph Newell [Joe] (1916–1984), geomorphologist, was born at 135 Upper Wortley Road, Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 29 June 1916, the son of Joseph Newell Jennings, a commercial traveller then serving as a sergeant major in the 3rd battalion of the 8th West Yorkshire regiment...

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Lily, George (d. 1559), Roman Catholic ecclesiastic and cosmographer, was born in London, the eldest son of William Lily (1468?–1522/3) and his wife, Agnes. Probably privately educated by his father, a scholar and teacher, Lily may have become a commoner of Magdalen College, Oxford...

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Linton, David Leslie (1906–1971), geographer and geomorphologist, was born on 12 July 1906 at 883 Old Kent Road, London, the second of three children of Samuel James Linton, master grocer, and Elizabeth Baird Kennedy. His parents were immigrants from northern Ireland. He was educated at ...

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Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, baronet (1792–1871) by Camille Silvy, 1860 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, baronet (1792–1871), geologist and geographer, born on 19 February 1792 at Tarradale in Easter Ross, was the elder son of Kenneth Murchison and his wife, Barbara, the daughter of Roderick Mackenzie of Fairburn. The Murchisons were a highland clan who lost their ancestral lands for participating in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745. ...

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J. H. Lupton

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Myers, Thomas (1774–1834), mathematician and geographer, was born on 13 February 1774 at Hovingham, near York, of a family long settled in the county. In October 1806 he was appointed one of the mathematics masters at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. The following year he married ...

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Newbigin, Marion Isabel (1869–1934), geographer and biologist, was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, one of five daughters and three sons in the family of James Lesslie Newbigin, pharmacist. Her sister Maude was lecturer in history and deputy principal of the Day Training College, Portsmouth...

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Stoddart, David Ross (1937–2014), geographer, was born on 15 November 1937 at 53 Eton Road, Stockton-on-Tees, the youngest child of Herbert Stoddart (1895–1962), civil engineer, and his wife, Beatrice Ann, née Ross (1897–1987). His parents had both served in the First World War, his father in the ...

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Tatham, William (1752–1819), geographer and engineer, was born on 13 April 1752 at Hutton in the Forest, Cumberland, the eldest son of Sandford Tatham (1721/2–1777), rector of Hutton and vicar of Appleby, and his wife, daughter of Henry Marsden of Gisborne Hall, Yorkshire...

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Taylor, Eva Germaine Rimington (1879–1966), geographer and historian of science, was born at Southwood Lane, Highgate, Middlesex, on 22 June 1879, the third child and second daughter of Charles Richard Taylor, a solicitor, and his first wife, Emily Jane Nelson. Her mother ran away when ...

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Thornes, John Barrie (1940–2008), geographer and geomorphologist, was born on 27 February 1940 in Horbury, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, the only child of Edwin Thornes, engineering foreman, and his wife, Gladys, née Carpenter. After primary schooling in Horbury he went to Ossett grammar school...