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Daines Barrington (1727/88–1800) by Charles Knight, 1795 (after Joseph Slater, 1770) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barrington, Daines (1727/8–1800), judge, antiquary, and naturalist, was born at Becket in the parish of Shrivenham in Berkshire, the fourth son and fourth of nine children of John Shute Barrington, first Viscount Barrington (1678–1734), barrister and politician, and his wife, Anne (d...

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Broderip, William John (1789–1859), lawyer and naturalist, was born on 21 November 1789 at Bristol, the eldest son of William Broderip, surgeon. After being educated at the Revd Samuel Seyer's school in his native city, he matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1807 and graduated BA in 1812. While at college he found time to attend the anatomical lectures of ...

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Burbury, Samuel Hawksley (1831–1911), lawyer and mathematician, was born on 18 May 1831 at Kenilworth, the only son of Samuel Burbury, farmer, of Clarendon Square, Leamington, and his wife, Helen. He was educated at Kensington grammar school, Shrewsbury School (1848–50), and at St John's College, Cambridge...

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Cockle, Sir James (1819–1895), lawyer in Australia and mathematician, was born on 14 January 1819, the second son of James Cockle (1782–1854), doctor and manufacturer of patent medicines, and his wife, Elizabeth. The elder James Cockle was born on 17 July 1782 at ...

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Cox, Homersham (1821–1897), judge, mathematician, and author, was born on 19 June 1821 at Newington, Surrey, the fourth son of Edward Treslove Cox (1780-1863), proprietor of houses, and his wife Sarah née Homersham (1784-1859). He was educated at Tonbridge School (1830–39) and at ...

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Crackanthorpe [formerly Cookson], Montague Hughes (1832–1913), barrister and eugenicist, was born on 24 February 1832, the sixth son of Christopher Cookson (1791–1834), a cousin of William Wordsworth, of Nowers, near Wellington, Somerset, and Jane (d. 1871), daughter of John Strother Ancrum...

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Crisp, Sir Frank, first baronet (1843–1919), lawyer and microscopist, was born in London on 25 October 1843, the only child of John Shalders Crisp (1811–1896), a printer, and his first wife, Harriet (d. 1846), daughter of John Filby Childs, the Congregationalist campaigner against church rates and owner of the printing business for whom her husband worked. His mother died when he was not yet three and he was brought up by his grandfather. He was educated at private schools, then at ...

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C. W. Sutton

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Dyer, Joseph Chessborough (1780–1871), inventor, was born at Stonington Point, Connecticut, USA, on 15 November 1780, the son of Captain Nathaniel Dyer of the Rhode Island navy. Joseph's mother died about a year later and the boy was sent to school at Wickford, Rhode Island...

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Joseph Chessborough Dyer (1780–1871) by Edward Scriven (after J. Allen) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elliot, John (1747–1787), natural philosopher and accused attempted murderer, was born at Chard in Somerset in December 1747, the son of John Elliott, a clothier, and his wife, Hannah. In the past he has often been completely or partly confounded with Sir John Eliot (1736–1786)...

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Erskine, Sir George, of Innerteil, Lord Innerteil (c. 1567–1646), judge and supposed alchemist, was the third son of Sir Alexander Erskine (c.1521–1588×92) of Gogar, Stirlingshire, and Margaret Home (d. in or after 1586), daughter of George Home, fourth Lord Home...

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Erzin?lio?lu, (Yahya) Zakaria (1951–2002), forensic entomologist, was born in London on 30 December 1951, the son of Zakaria Ahmet Erzin?lio?lu and his wife, Kadria Sanna, née Shuhdi. He was of Turkish descent, and was brought up in Egypt, Turkey, and the Sudan as well as in ...

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Henry Faulds (1843–1930) by unknown photographer, pubd 1923 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Fry, Sir Edward (1827–1918), judge and zoologist, was born in Union Street, Bristol on 4 November 1827, the second son of Joseph Fry (1795–1879) and Mary Ann, née Swaine. Both his parents were Quakers. His father, a manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa, was a man with strong religious and philanthropic interests. A supporter of free trade, he continued the family tradition in business. ...

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Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918) by Roger Fry, 1896 The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London