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Blow, David Mervyn (1931–2004), crystallographer and biophysicist, was born on 27 June 1931 at 4 Claremont Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, the younger son of Edward Mervyn Blow, Methodist minister, and his wife, Dorothy Laura, née Sanders. After a peripatetic early education he and his brother ...

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Campbell, Iain Donald (1941–2014), structural biologist, was born on 24 April 1941 at Craigie Park nursing home, Craigie Road, Perth, the son of Daniel Campbell, railway clerk, and his wife, Cathie McDonald (Catherine), née Lauder, a telephone operator. At the time of his birth registration the family lived in ...

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Dainty, Jack (1919–2009), plant biophysicist, was born at 7 Beaconsfield Street, Mexborough, a depressed coal-mining town in Yorkshire, on 7 May 1919, the eldest son of Jack Dainty (1895–1924), steelworks electrician, and his wife, Evelyn, née Vickers (1895–1983). He had two younger brothers, ...

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Hanson, (Emmeline) Jean (1919–1973), biophysicist and zoologist, was born on 14 November 1919 in Newhall, Derbyshire, the only child of Thomas Hanson and his wife, Emma Jane Badger, daughter of a Derbyshire police superintendent. Both her parents were schoolteachers. Her father died only a few months after her birth, and she was brought up entirely by her mother, who became headmistress of a primary school. ...

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Dame Louise Napier Johnson (1940–2012) by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, 2007 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss; Wellcome Library, London

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Johnson, Dame Louise Napier (1940–2012), biophysicist and structural biologist, was born on 26 September 1940 at South Bank Nursing Home, Bath Road, Worcester, the second of the three daughters of George Edmund Johnson (1904–1992), a former wool broker then serving in the RAF...

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Phillips, David Chilton, Baron Phillips of Ellesmere (1924–1999), biophysicist, was born on 7 March 1924 at 3 Swan Hill, Ellesmere, Shropshire, the first son and second child of Charles Harry Phillips (1877–1963), a tailor and Wesleyan Methodist local preacher, and his wife, Edith Harriet (1885–1972)...

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David Chilton Phillips, Baron Phillips of Ellesmere (1924–1999) by Godfrey Argent Studios, 1983 Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Randall, Sir John Turton (1905–1984), physicist and biophysicist, was born on 23 March 1905 at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, the only son and the first of the three children of Sidney Randall, nurseryman and seedsman, and his wife, Hannah Cawley, daughter of John Turton, colliery manager in the area. He was educated at the grammar school at ...

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Ritchie, (Joseph) Murdoch (1925–2008), neuroscientist, biophysicist, and pharmacologist, was born on 10 June 1925 at 56 Commerce Street, Aberdeen, the elder son and second of three children of Alexander Farquharson Ritchie (1892/3–1967), grocer, and his wife, Agnes Jane, née Bremner (1897/8–1987). He was educated at ...