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G. C. Boase

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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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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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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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Hall, Chester Moor (bap. 1703, d. 1771), lawyer and inventor of an achromatic lens, was baptized on 9 January 1703 at Leigh, Essex, the only son of Jehu Hall (d. 1728) and Sarah Moor (née Bittridge). Both families were of some antiquity and substance. ...

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David Milne Home [David Milne] (1805–1890) by unknown artist Edinburgh Meteorological Office archives

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Home, David Milne [formerly David Milne] (1805–1890), advocate and scientist, was born on 22 January 1805 at Inveresk, Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, the elder son of Admiral Sir David Milne (1763–1845) and his first wife, Grace Purves (1776?–1814). He was educated at home, then at ...

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Hoskins [Hoskyns], Sir John, second baronet (1634–1705), lawyer and natural philosopher, was born in Herefordshire on 23 July 1634, the eldest son of Sir Bennet Hoskins, first baronet (d. 1680), of Harewood and Morehampton Park, Herefordshire, barrister and MP for Wendover (1640) and ...

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W. J. Harrison

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Jeffreys, John Gwyn (1809–1885), lawyer and conchologist, was born at Swansea on 18 January 1809, the eldest of four children of John Jeffreys (d. 1815), solicitor, and Martha Tringham. He was educated at Swansea grammar school, from whose master, Evan Griffiths, he received his first lessons in shell collecting. At seventeen he was articled to a local solicitor. After many successful years in his profession at ...

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Sir Alfred Bray Kempe (1849–1922) by unknown photographer ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kempe, Sir Alfred Bray (1849–1922), lawyer and mathematician, was born on 6 July 1849 in Kensington, London, the fourth of five children of Prebendary John Edward Kempe, rector of St James's, Piccadilly (1853–95), and his wife, Harriet, daughter of the Revd Robert Serrell Wood...

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Marks, George Croydon, Baron Marks (1858–1938), engineer, patent agent, and politician, was born in Eltham, Kent, on 9 June 1858, the eldest of eight children (four of whom died in infancy) of William Marks, an artisan at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and his wife, ...

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McCalmont, Frederick Haynes (1846–1880), statistician and barrister, born at home on 13 October 1846, was the first son of the Revd Thomas McCalmont (1809–1872) of Highfield, near Southampton, and formerly of Belfast, and his second wife, Emily Georgina, daughter of Frederick Hill of the ...

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Menzies [Menzey], Michael (d. 1766), advocate and inventor of agricultural and mining machinery, was probably one of the Menzies of Culter-Allers, Lanarkshire; little is known of his origins, but a younger brother was ‘sheriff-depute’ of Haddingtonshire. Menzies was admitted a member of the ...

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Paget, Sir Richard Arthur Surtees, second baronet (1869–1955), barrister and scientific investigator, was born at Cranmore Hall, Somerset, on 13 January 1869, the eldest son of Sir Richard Horner Paget, first baronet (1832–1908), of Cranmore, MP, and his wife, Caroline Isabel (d...

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Ponton, Mungo (1802–1880), inventor of photographic processes and lawyer, the only son of John Ponton, farmer, and his wife, Isabell née Ponton, was born at Balgreen, near Edinburgh, on 23 November 1802. Educated as a lawyer, he was admitted to the Society of Writers to the Signet...

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Mungo Ponton (1802–1880) by unknown photographer, 1870s Heritage Images Partnership