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Atherstone, William Guybon (1814–1898), medical practitioner, botanist, and geologist, was born on 27 May 1814 at Zion Hill, Nottingham, the eldest of eight children of John Atherstone (1791–1855), physician and surgeon, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1781/2–1838), daughter of William Damant of Lamas...

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Blomefylde [Blomefield], Myles (1525–1603), medical practitioner and alchemist, was born on 5 April 1525 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the son of John Blomefilde and his wife, Anne. He is said to have been a scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, but records show only that in 1552 the university awarded him a licence to practise medicine. His father died in 1549, leaving him and his mother as executors of a small estate. By 1559 he must have married and been resident in ...

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Brooke, Sir William O'Shaughnessy (1808–1889), doctor and promoter of telegraphy in India, was born William O'Shaughnessy at Limerick in October 1808, the son of Daniel S. O'Shaughnessy of Limerick and his wife, Sara, née Boswell. His uncle was dean of Ennis and his great-uncle Roman Catholic bishop of ...

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Couch, Richard Quiller (1816–1863), naturalist and medical practitioner, eldest son of Jonathan Couch (1789–1870), naturalist, and his second wife, Jane née Quiller (1791–1857), was born at Polperro, Cornwall, on 14 March 1816. His brother Thomas Quiller Couch (1826–1884) was the father of Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (1863–1944)...

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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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Fletcher, Abraham (1714–1793), teacher of mathematics and medical practitioner, was born on 1 November 1714 at Little Broughton, Bridekirk, Cumberland, the eldest of seven children of Joseph Fletcher, a tobacco-pipe maker, and his wife, Elizabeth Palmer. He was largely self-educated, though he is said to have attended the village school for some months. He was intended to practise in his father's trade which, combined with some land that the family had inherited, offered a meagre income. In 1735 he married ...

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Gosse, Philip Henry George (1879–1959), general practitioner and writer on natural history, was born at 29 Delamere Terrace, Paddington, London, on 13 August 1879, the only son and second of three children of Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928), writer, and his wife, Ellen (Nellie; 1850–1929)...

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Higgins, Bryan (c. 1741–1818), medical practitioner and chemist, was born in Sligo, Ireland, the son of Bryan Higgins (d. 1777), medical practitioner; little is known about his education. As his family, eminent in medicine, was Roman Catholic, he probably attended irregular ‘hedge schools’. It was customary for Irish Catholic students to go abroad for higher education, and on 5 October 1765 he enrolled at the ...

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Mann, Robert James (1817–1886), medical practitioner and writer on science, was born in Norwich on 5 January 1817, the second of four children and only son of James Mann (c.1787–1820/21), watchmaker and jeweller, and his wife, Elizabeth Hilling of Horstead, Norfolk...

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Starkey [formerly Stirk], George [pseud. Eirenaeus Philalethes] (1628–1665), alchemist, medical practitioner, and writer, was born George Stirk on 8 or 9 June 1628 in Bermuda, the first child of George Stirk or Stirke (c.1595–1637), a Scottish minister of Calvinist persuasions who had settled there in 1622, and ...

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Willis, Timothy (b. 1560, d. in or after 1620), medical practitioner and writer on alchemy, was probably born in London, the second eldest son of Richard Willis, warden and master of the Leathersellers' Company. He and his elder brother, Thomas, entered the Merchant Taylors' School...