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Brownlee, John (1868–1927), public health officer, geneticist, and medical statistician, was born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, on 21 June 1868, the elder of the two sons of John Brownlee (1826–1899), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Mary, née Stevenson (1833–1894). He studied mathematics and natural philosophy at ...

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Clarke, George Thomas Smith- (1884–1960), automobile and medical engineer, was born at Lower Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, on 23 December 1884, the eldest of seven children (one of whom was adopted) of Henry Clarke (1850–1897), brass finisher and engineer, who in 1871 married Harriet (...

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Sir Edward Foyle Collingwood (1900–1970) by Elliott & Fry, 1962 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Collingwood, Sir Edward Foyle (1900–1970), mathematician and medical administrator, was born at Lilburn Tower, near Wooler, Northumberland, on 17 January 1900, the eldest of the four sons of Colonel Cuthbert George Collingwood (1848–1933), landowner, of Glanton Pyke, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of the ...

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Frost, John (1803–1840), medical entrepreneur, was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 9 May 1803, the son of William and Mary Frost, who were in business in the Charing Cross area of London. A twin and very delicate in infancy, he was sent away to a school at ...

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Harington, Sir Charles Robert (1897–1972), biochemist and medical administrator, was born on 1 August 1897 at Llanerfyl, north Wales, the elder son (there were no daughters) of the Revd Charles Harington (1862–1921), and his wife, Audrey Emma, daughter of the Revd Robert Burges Bayly...

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Jerdon, Thomas Caverhill (1811–1872), army medical officer and zoologist, was born at Biddick House, co. Durham, on 12 October 1811, eldest son of Archibald Jerdon (d. 1842) of Bonjedward, Scotland, and Elizabeth Sarah Milner (d. 1842). He had one brother, the botanist ...

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Edwin Lankester (1814–1874) by Antoine Claudet, c. 1862 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lankester, Edwin (1814–1874), public health reformer and natural historian, was born on 23 April 1814 at Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. His father, William Lankester (1791–1818), was a builder who died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven leaving his widow, Susan, née Taylor...

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Henry Letheby (1816–1876) by W. & D. Downey ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Letheby, Henry (1816–1876), analytical chemist and public health official, was born in Plymouth. He began his study of chemistry at the Cornwall Polytechnic Society in Falmouth. In 1837 he enrolled in Aldersgate Street medical school, where he was a class prizewinner and subsequently assistant of ...

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Macdonald, Sir John Denis (1826–1908), naval medical officer and biologist, born at Cork on 26 October 1826, was the youngest son of James Macdonald, an artist, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of Denis McCarthy of Kilcoleman, co. Cork. His father was the representative of the ...

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Miller, William John Clarke (1832–1903), mathematician and medical administrator, was born on 31 August 1832 at Beer, south Devon, the son of Reuben Miller, a dissenting minister, and his wife, Ann. During his childhood he was educated at the village school, where he is said to have developed a love of books and of nature. His dissenting parents would not allow him to be educated at a conforming establishment, and at the age of fifteen, in August 1847, he entered the newly created ...

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Henry Moule (1801–1880) by unknown engraver courtesy of the Dorset County Museum

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Moule, Henry (1801–1880), Church of England clergyman and inventor of the dry earth closet, was born at Melksham, Wiltshire, on 27 January 1801, the sixth son of George Moule (1768–1830), solicitor and banker, and his wife, Sarah Hayward (1764–1835). He was educated at ...

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Smith, Sir Andrew (1797–1872), army medical officer and naturalist, was born on 3 December 1797 in Kirktoun parish, Roxburghshire, to Thomas P. Smith, a shepherd, and Grizzel Tait Winnington. After local schooling he was apprenticed to Mr Graham, a surgeon in Hawick, and studied medicine at the ...

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Thomson, Sir (Arthur) Landsborough (1890–1977), ornithologist and medical administrator, was born on 8 October 1890 at 30 Royal Circus, Edinburgh, the oldest of the three sons and a daughter born to (John) Arthur Thomson (1861–1933) and his wife, Margaret Robertson Stewart. His father, later regius professor of natural history at ...

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Tidy, Charles Meymott (1843–1892), sanitary and analytical chemist, was born on 2 February 1843 at Cambridge Heath, Hackney, Middlesex, the third son of William Callender Tidy, surgeon, and his wife, Charlotte Meymott. After attending Hackney Church of England school, he entered the London Hospital...