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Atkins, Sir Hedley John Barnard (1905–1983), surgeon and medical administrator, was born on 30 December 1905 at 59 Addison Gardens, Hammersmith, London, the son of Colonel Sir John Atkins, general practitioner, and his wife, Elizabeth May Smith. He had a privileged upbringing in the family of an outstanding general practitioner and he used well the opportunities which this gave. He was educated at ...

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Boldero, Sir Harold Esmond Arnison (1889–1960), physician and medical administrator, was born in Maida Vale, London, on 20 August 1889, the elder son of John Boldero, company director, and his wife, Clara Arnison, of Penrith, Cumberland. Boldero was educated at Charterhouse School and at ...

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Bond, Sir (Charles) Hubert (1870–1945), psychiatrist and mental health administrator, was born at the vicarage, Ogbourne St George, Wiltshire, on 6 September 1870, the elder son of the Revd Alfred Bond, who became chaplain to the Worcester County Asylum, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth...

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Brain, Walter Russell, first Baron Brain (1895–1966), physician and medical administrator, was born at Clovelly, Denmark Road, Reading, on 23 October 1895, the only son and elder child of Walter John Brain, solicitor, and his wife, Edith Alice, daughter of Charles Smith, architect. At ...

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Bridges, John Henry (1832–1906), positivist and medical administrator, was born on 11 October 1832 at the vicarage, Old Newton, Suffolk. Slight, fair-haired, and fine-featured, he was the third of five children of the Revd Charles Bridges (1794–1869), a well-known evangelical, and his wife, ...

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Burden, Harold Nelson (1860–1930), Church of England clergyman and health administrator, was born on 20 March 1860 at Hythe, Kent, the eldest of the three children of Thomas Burden (1829–1872), a grocer, and his wife, Sarah Ann (Sally) Munk (c.1833–1902). When he was twelve his father died, and he was probably brought up by his grandparents, who were farmers. Unfortunately he was not successful as a grazier and dairyman and was declared bankrupt in 1886. He then worked in the slums of the ...

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Cameron, Sir James Clark (1905–1991), general practitioner and medical administrator, was born on 8 April 1905 at Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, the only son and elder child of Malcolm Clark Cameron (1872–1917), police officer, and his wife, Grace (1879–1963), seamstress, daughter of ...

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Cantlie, Sir James (1851–1926), physician and medical administrator, was born on 17 January 1851 at Keithmore Farm, Dufftown, Banffshire, the eldest son of William and Janet Cantlie. Growing up on his father's farm, he absorbed a strong sense of duty and obligation, and the ethics of the Scottish clan remained with him throughout his life. Often in the course of his long medical career he would offer his services free of charge, and he took a great interest in the welfare of those less fortunate than himself. The forthright manner in which he was later to express many of his views on social issues can also be attributed to the formative influences of his childhood, especially that of his father, who was known as the 'biggest Tory in ...

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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