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G. S. Boulger

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Bentley, Robert (1821–1893), botanist and pharmacognosist, was born at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on 25 March 1821, the son of William Bentley, solicitor, and his wife, Jane. He was apprenticed to William Maddock, a druggist at Tunbridge Wells, where he began the study of botany. He then became assistant to the chemists ...


Bostock, John (1772–1846), physician and medicinal chemist, was born in Liverpool, the son of John Bostock (1744?–1774), a physician, and Elizabeth (1749–1819), youngest daughter of John Ashton of Liverpool, who later married the Unitarian minister John Yates (1755–1826). He grew up in Liverpool...