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Chambers, Helen (1879–1935), pathologist and cancer research worker, was born on 18 July 1879 in Bombay, India, the only daughter of Frederick Chambers, of the Indian Civil Service. Her family returned to Britain and she was educated at the Jersey Ladies' College, and later at ...

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Helen Chambers (1879–1935) by Reginald Haines, pubd 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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FitzGerald, Mabel Purefoy (1872–1973), physiologist and clinical pathologist, was born on 3 August 1872 at North Hall, Preston Candover, Hampshire, the last of the seven children of Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (1837–1895) and his wife, Henrietta Mary (d. 1895), daughter of the Revd Anthony Chester...

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Polak, Dame Julia Margaret (1939–2014), pathologist, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 June 1939, of Jewish parents, Carlos Polak, a judge, and his wife Rebeca Mactas, née Alpersohn (b. 1914), a leading writer. She had a younger brother, Gabriel Federico Polak...

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Russell, Dorothy Stuart (1895–1983), pathologist, was born on 27 June 1895, in Sydney, Australia, the second daughter of Philip Stuart Russell, bank clerk, and his wife, Alice Louisa, daughter of William Cave. She was orphaned when she was three, by the death of her father, and at the age of eight, by the death of her mother, who had remarried. She and her sister were sent to their aunt, who was married to ...