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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dalton [née Kuipers], Katharina Dorothea [Kittie] (1916–2004), chiropodist and physician, was born at Delaporte Gardens, Muswell Hill, London, on 12 November 1916, the second of five children of Johannes Kuipers, provision merchant, and his wife, Anna, née Knoester. Her parents were Dutch émigrés. She was still young when her father died but, as he had been a freemason, she was educated at the ...

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D'Arcy, Dame Constance Elizabeth (1879–1950), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born on 1 June 1879 at Rylstone, New South Wales, the fifth daughter and the youngest of the ten children of Murty D'Arcy, a sergeant of police, and his wife, Bridget Synnott. She passed the senior public examination from ...

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Lloyd [née Shufflebotham], Dame Hilda Nora (1891–1982), gynaecologist and obstetrician, was born on 11 August 1891 at 170 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the younger daughter of John Shufflebotham (d. 1937), a master grocer, and his wife, Emma Amelia Jenkins. She was a foundation scholar at ...

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Louisa Martindale (1872–1966) by Frank O. Salisbury, exh. Ehrlich Galleries, New York, 1925 © Estate of Frank O. Salisbury. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; New Sussex Hospital, Brighton; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Martindale, Louisa (1872–1966), gynaecologist and suffragist, the elder daughter of William Martindale (1833/4–c.1874), a City of London businessman, and Louisa Spicer [see Martindale, Louisa (1839-1914)], his second wife, was born at Gainsborough Lodge, Leytonstone, London, on 30 October 1872. Her father was an evangelical Anglican, her mother a Congregationalist. ...

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McIlroy, Dame (Anne) Louise (1878–1968), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born at Lavin House, co. Antrim, Ireland, daughter of James McIlroy, general practitioner of Ballycastle, co. Antrim. Her sister, Janie Hamilton McIlroy, became a specialist in ophthalmology. Louise McIlroy graduated MB ChB at Glasgow University...

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Puxon [née Hale], (Christine) Margaret (1915–2008), gynaecologist, obstetrician, and barrister, was born at 15 High Street, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, on 25 July 1915, the daughter of Reginald Wood Hale (1884–1971), iron merchant, and his wife, Clara Lilian, née Poulton (1887–1948). She was brought up in ...

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Scharlieb [née Bird], Dame Mary Ann Dacomb (1845–1930), gynaecologist, was born at 6 Essex Place, Grange Road, Dalston, Middlesex, on 18 June 1845, the only daughter of William Candler Bird, a merchant's clerk, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Dacomb. Her mother died of puerperal fever ten days after her birth and ...

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Dame Mary Ann Dacomb Scharlieb (1845–1930) by Hugh Goldwin Riviere, 1908 © reserved; collection Royal Free Hospital, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London