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Clarke, Edwin Sisterson (1919–1996), medical historian and neurologist, was born on 18 June 1919 at Mona House, Crow Hall Lane, Felling-on-Tyne, co. Durham, son of Joseph Henry Clarke, painter and decorator, and Nellie, daughter of Robert Sisterson, a shopkeeper. Brought up in poverty by his mother, he left ...

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Critchley, Macdonald (1900–1997), neurologist, was born on 2 February 1900 at 4 Lime Tree Villas, Ashley Down, Bristol, the son of Arthur Frank Critchley, gas collector, and his wife, Rosina Matilda, née White. Educated at the Christian Brothers' College, Bristol, he matriculated at fifteen at ...

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Eccles, Sir John Carew (1903–1997), neurophysiologist, was born on 27 January 1903 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest of two children of William James Eccles (1866–1947), schoolteacher, and his wife, Mary, née Carew (1869–1952), also a schoolteacher. Roman Catholic by upbringing, he attended Warrnambool high school, Victoria...

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Guttmann, Sir Ludwig (1899–1980), neurosurgeon, was born on 3 July 1899 in Tost, Upper Silesia, into a Jewish family, the first born, and the only son, among the four children of Bernhard Guttmann, an innkeeper and distiller, and his wife, Dorothea, daughter of ...

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Horn, Sir Gabriel (1927–2012), neuroscientist, was born on 9 December 1927 at 81 Snow Hill, Birmingham, the youngest of four sons of Abraham Horn (1878/9–1946), tailor, and his wife, Annie, née Grill (d. 1976). His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe...

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Jones, (Alfred) Ernest (1879–1958), neurologist and psychoanalyst, was born on 1 January 1879 at Ffos-felin (renamed Gowerton), near Swansea, Glamorgan, the son of Thomas Jones (1853–1922), then a colliery manager and later a colliery proprietor, and his wife, Mary Ann Lewis (1855–1909)...

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Phillips, Charles Garrett (1916–1994), neurophysiologist, was born on 13 October 1916 in London, the elder son and eldest of four children of George Ramsay Phillips (1880–1953), anaesthetist, and his wife, Flora, née Green (1886–1956), nurse. His medical background stretched back two more generations: his grandfather and great-grandfather were both surgeons. His father was unusually practical, with a well-equipped workshop in his home, in which he invented devices for anaesthesia and took his own radiographs; these skills were enthusiastically passed on to his son. Starting at ...

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Séquard, Charles Édouard Brown- (1817–1894), physiologist and neurologist, was born on 8 April 1817 in Port Louis, Mauritius, the only son of Edward Brown (1784–1817), captain in the United States merchant service, and Charlotte Perrine Henriette, née Séquard (1788–1842). His mother was widowed during pregnancy and could not afford more than a rudimentary education for her son, whom she brought up with the help of her father, an emigrant from ...

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Walter, (William) Grey (1910–1977), neurophysiologist, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on 19 February 1910, the only child of Karl Wilhelm Walter (1880–1965), a British journalist then working on the Kansas City Star, and his wife, Minerva Lucrezia (Margaret) Hardy (1879–1953), an American journalist. His parents had met and married in ...