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Anderson, Tempest (1846–1913), ophthalmic surgeon and vulcanologist, was born on 7 December 1846 at 17 Stonegate, York, the elder son and eldest of the three children of William Charles Anderson, surgeon of York, and his wife, Sarah Ellen Hall. Educated at St Peter's School, York...

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Bier, Norman (1925–2009), optometrist and contact lens specialist, was born Norbert Bier on 28 February 1925 in Munich, Germany, the elder son of Marcus Bier (1895–1968), jeweller, and his wife, Henna Necha (Helen), née Buch (1897–1970). His brother Manfred (b. 1930) became an accountant. Educated initially in ...

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Cowan, William Maxwell [Max] (1931–2002), neurobiologist, was born on 27 September 1931 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of Adam Cowan, a structural engineer, and his wife, Jessie Sloan, née Maxwell. His parents had recently moved from Scotland to South Africa in search of jobs. He studied medicine at the ...

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Cuff, John (1708?–1772?), optician and microscope maker, was the son of Peter Cuff (b. 1676), watchmaker and member of the Broderers' Company. It is possible that his mother was Rebecca, née Crichlow (b. 1675), who married a Peter Cuff, watchmaker, of the parish of ...

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Dallos, Jozsef [Josef] (1905–1979), ophthalmologist, was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 5 January 1905, the eldest child of Sándor (Alexander) Dallos (1870–1952), headmaster of a high school for boys, and his wife, Margit (Margaret), née Mayer (1880–1959), daughter of a prosperous lawyer. His sister ...

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Fielding, Una Lucy (1888–1969), neuroanatomist, was born on 2 May 1888 in Wellington, New South Wales, Australia. She was the eldest of five surviving children of the Revd Sydney Glanville Fielding, Anglican clergyman and author, and Lucy Frances Johnson. In 1893 the family moved to ...

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Hounsfield, Sir Godfrey Newbold (1919–2004), engineer and inventor, was born on 28 August 1919 in Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the youngest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Thomas Hounsfield, farmer, and his wife, Sophia Blanche, née Dilcock. His upbringing on a farm was a major factor in the way his life developed. From a very early age he began doing experiments using the sort of resources that can only be found on a farm. He exploited haystacks as the launch platforms for hang gliding investigations, and had access to barrels in which he performed some chemical experiments which, it is not unlikely, could have terminated his interest in science at a very early age. At ...

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Macgregor [née McPherson], (Janet) Elizabeth [Betty] (1920–2005), cytologist, was born at 11 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, on 12 January 1920, the daughter of Andrew McPherson (1884–1946), company secretary, and his wife, Jean (Jennie), née Craig (1886–1929). She had an elder brother, Andrew (1917–1940)...

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Marsden, (Charles) David (1938–1998), neurologist and neuroscientist, was born on 15 April 1938 at 4 Sydenham Road, Croydon, the elder of the two sons of Charles Moustaka Marsden, CBE, a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, Una Maud, née...

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Pantridge, James Francis [Frank] (1916–2004), cardiologist and inventor, was born on 3 October 1916 on the outskirts of the village of Hillsborough, co. Down, Northern Ireland, the son of Robert James Pantridge, a small landowner and farmer who died when Pantridge was ten years old, and his wife, ...

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Pawson, Anthony James [Tony] (1952–2013), biologist and cancer researcher, was born on 18 October 1952 at the West Kent General Hospital, Maidstone, the second son and youngest of three children of Henry Anthony (Tony) Pawson (1921–2012), sportsman, businessman, and journalist, and his wife, ...

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Ramage, John (1788–1835), telescope maker and optician, born in Aberdeen on 2 November 1788, was probably the son of John Ramage, a horse currier or saddler of Aberdeen, and his wife, Jean Davidson. There was at least one other son, James, and two daughters, ...

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Ridley, Sir (Nicholas) Harold Lloyd (1906–2001), ophthalmic surgeon and inventor of the intraocular lens implant, was born on 10 July 1906 at Kibworth Beauchamp, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the elder son of Nicholas Charles Ridley, a naval surgeon who later moved into ophthalmology, and his wife, ...

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Tait [née Wardropper; other married name Simpson], Sylvia Agnes Sophia (1917–2003), biochemist and endocrinologist, was born in Tumen, Siberia, on 8 January 1917, the daughter of James William Wardropper, a Scottish agronomist, and his wife, Ludmila, a Russian who had graduated in mathematics from the ...

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Vogt, Marthe Louise (1903–2003), pharmacologist and neurochemist, was born on 8 September 1903 in Berlin, Germany, the elder daughter of Oskar Vogt (1870–1959) and his wife, Cécile, née Mugnier (1875–1962), both neurologists. Oskar Vogt came from a Lutheran family in Schleswig-Holstein and Cécile...

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Wall, Patrick David [Pat] (1925–2001), neuroscientist, was born on 5 April 1925 at Grosvenor Nursing Home, 42 Forest Road, Nottingham, the son of Thomas Wall, an inspector of schools, and later director of education for Middlesex, and his wife, Ruth, née Cresswell. He was educated at ...