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Anning, Mary (1799–1847), fossil collector and dealer, was born on 21 May 1799 in a seaside house in Lyme Regis, Dorset. She and her brother Joseph (1796–1849) were the only surviving children of Richard Anning (c.1766–1810), cabinet-maker and carpenter, and his wife, ...

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Mary Anning (1799–1847) by unknown artist, before 1842 ? The Natural History Museum, London

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Bell, Julia (1879–1979), geneticist, was born on 28 January 1879 at Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. She was tenth of the fourteen children of James Bell, printer, and Katherine Thomas Heap. She was educated at Nottingham Girls' High School and in 1898 entered Girton College, Cambridge...

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Christophers, Sir (Samuel) Rickard (1873–1978), protozoologist and tropical medicine specialist, was born on 27 November 1873 in Liverpool, the elder son and eldest of three children of Samuel Hunt Christophers and his wife, Mary Selina, daughter of William Rickard, a mining expert in ...

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Des Barres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721–1824), hydrographer and colonial official, was born in November 1721, either in Basel, Switzerland, or in Paris, the eldest child of Joseph-Léonard Vallet des Barres, a Huguenot, and his wife, Anne-Catherine, née Cuvier. He was baptized Joseph-Frédéric Vallet...

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Ker, (John) Bellenden [formerly John Bellenden Gawler] (1764–1842), botanist and man of fashion, was born John Bellenden Gawler on 10 May 1764, the eldest son of John Gawler (d. 1803) of Ramridge, near Andover, Hampshire, and Caroline (d. 1802), eldest surviving daughter of ...

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Morgan, Walter Thomas James (1900–2003), biochemist, was born on 5 October 1900 at 28 Windsor Road, Ilford, Essex, the second child of Walter Morgan, a solicitor's clerk at the Royal Courts of Justice, and his wife, Annie Edith, née James. He attended the local primary school until the family moved to ...

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Nicholson, Wilfred (1821–1921), paint manufacturer, was born in London on 13 September 1821, the third surviving child of Thomas Nicholson and his wife, Elizabeth, née Coulson (d. 1859). In 1810 his father had moved from co. Durham to London to find work and after various jobs joined ...

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Ridley, Henry Nicholas (1855–1956), economic botanist, was born on 10 December 1855 at West Harling Hall, Norfolk, the third child of the Revd Oliver Matthew Ridley and his wife, Louisa Pole, daughter of William Stuart, of Aldenham Abbey. He was a direct descendant of ...

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Henry Nicholas Ridley (1855–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shaw, Brian Duncan (1898–1999), chemist and army officer, was born on 10 February 1898 at Fern's Hollow, Station Road, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, the youngest child of Samuel Shaw (1862–1941), a brick manufacturer, and his wife, Lydia Emma née Evans (1864–1931), who had been a teacher. ...

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Smith, Walter Campbell- (1887–1988), mineralogist and petrologist, was born on 30 November 1887 at 41 York Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, the second son of George Hamilton Smith (1860–1929), paper merchant, and his wife, Charlotte Eliza (1859–1935), daughter of Henry William Ashford, chairmaker, of Birmingham...

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Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith (1888–1989) by unknown photographer, 1910 Getty Images

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Sopwith, Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch (1888–1989), engineer and airman, was born on 18 January 1888 at 92 Cromwell Road, Kensington, west London, the eighth child and only son of Thomas Sopwith (1838–1898), managing director of the Spanish Lead Mines Company of Linares in ...

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Swinburne, Sir James, ninth baronet (1858–1958), industrial chemist and electrical engineer, was born in Inverness on 28 February 1858, the third of the six sons of Lieutenant Thomas Anthony Swinburne RN and his wife, Mary Anne, daughter of Captain Edward Fraser of Gortuleg...

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Sir James Swinburne, ninth baronet (1858–1958) by Elliott & Fry ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tipper [née Elam], Constance Fligg (1894–1995), metallurgist and crystallographer, was born on 16 February 1894 in Station Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire, the daughter of William Henry Elam, surgeon, and his wife, Lydia, née Coombes. She was educated at St Felix School, Southwold...

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Constance Fligg Tipper (1894–1995) by unknown photographer MMP Cambridge