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Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869–1955) by Anthony Ludovici, 1926 ? Anthony Ludovici

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Alexander, Frederick Matthias (1869–1955), originator of the Alexander technique and teacher, was born on 20 January 1869 at Wynyard, north-west Tasmania, the eldest of seven children of John Alexander (1843–1936), farmer and blacksmith, and his wife, Betsy Brown (d. 1923), a nurse....

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William Penny Brookes (1809–1895) by unknown photographer, 1880s courtesy of Wenlock Olympian Society

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Brookes, William Penny (1809–1895), surgeon and campaigner for the revival of the Olympic games, was born on 13 August 1809 at 4 Wilmore Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, the first of the five children of William Brookes (1776–1830), doctor, and his wife, Mary Doughty (1786–1869)...

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Brown, James Jackson (1882–1953), general practitioner and cricketer, was born on 9 October 1882 in Jamaica, one of nine children of Thomas Brown, sugar planter. Both parents died when he was young, but their estate in St Thomas, managed by a man named ...

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Brown, Thomas Graham (1882–1965), neurophysiologist and mountaineer, was born on 27 March 1882 in Edinburgh, the eldest child of the three sons and one daughter of John James Graham Brown, sometime president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and his wife, ...

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Evans, Sir (Robert) Charles (1918–1995), surgeon and mountaineer, was born in Liverpool on 19 October 1918, the son of Robert Charles Evans (1882–1918), solicitor, and his wife, Edith Lloyd, née Williams (1883–1966). His father, a second lieutenant in the 15th Welsh regiment, was shot dead by a German prisoner on 24 August 1918, and ...

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Sir (Robert) Charles Evans (1918–1995) by unknown photographer, 1953 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Ferris, Elizabeth Anne Esther [Liz] (1940–2012), diver, doctor, and campaigner for gender equality in sport, was born on 19 November 1940 at the Mary Stanley Nursing Home in Bridgwater, Somerset, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Roy Ferris (1903–1975)...

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Elizabeth Anne Esther Ferris (1940–2012) by David Lees, 1960 ? Getty Images

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Grace, William Gilbert [W. G.] (1848–1915), cricketer and medical practitioner, was born on 18 July 1848 at Clematis House, close to the family home of Downend House, Downend, Mangotsfield, near Bristol. He was the fourth son, in a family of nine, of Dr Henry Mills Grace (1808–1871)...

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William Gilbert Grace (1848–1915) by Archibald James Stuart Wortley, 1890 Marylebone Cricket Club, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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King [née Gore-Browne], Dame Ethel Locke (1864–1956), motor-racing promoter and hospital patron, was born on 3 June 1864 at Government House, Hobart, Tasmania, the younger daughter of Colonel Sir Thomas Gore-Browne (1807–1887), governor of Tasmania, and his wife, Harriet Louisa, daughter of ...

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Kyle, John Wilson [Jack, Jackie] (1926–2014), rugby union player and surgeon, was born at 12 Kinnaird Street, Belfast, on 10 February 1926, the second of five children and younger son of John Wilson Kyle (1883–1954), Irish manager of the ...

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John Edward Lovelock (1910–1949) by unknown photographer, 1935 [after his victory in the Mile of the Century at the Princeton invitational meeting, New York, 15 June 1935] Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (F-51288-1/2)

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Lovelock, John Edward [Jack] (1910–1949), athlete and physician, was born on 5 January 1910 at Crushington, near Reefton, New Zealand, the son of John Edward Jones Lovelock (1869–1923), a goldmine battery superintendent, and his wife, Ivy Evelyn, née Harper (1883–1959). He had a sister and younger brother. His father, never in good health, died in 1923 while manager of the ...

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Noble, Montague Alfred (1873–1940), cricketer and dentist, was born on 28 January 1873 at Dixon Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the eighth son of Joseph Noble, grocer and later builder, and his wife, Maria Collins. His parents had emigrated from Egham, Surrey...

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Pugh, (Lewis) Griffith Cresswell Evans (1909–1994), physiologist and mountaineer, was born on 29 October 1909 at Coton Manor, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury, the son of Lewis Pugh Evans Pugh (1865–1940), a Calcutta barrister, and his wife, Adah Emily Sophia, daughter of Thomas Chaplin, medical practitioner. He had four sisters. He was educated at ...

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Rattray, John (1707–1771), golfer and physician, was born on 22 September 1707 at Craighall Castle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, the second son of Thomas Rattray (1684–1743), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Dunkeld, and Margaret (c.1690–1737), daughter of Thomas Galloway, second Baron Dunkeld. In 1728 he was apprenticed to ...

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Roth, Mathias (1818–1891), homoeopath and exercise therapist, was born in Kaschau (Ko?ice), in the Habsburg empire, the posthumous and fourth surviving child of Mátyás Roth (d. 1818), a merchant, and his wife, Anna Schwarz (d. 1877), who ran a kosher restaurant. Educated in his home town and in ...