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Blackman, Vernon Herbert (1872–1967), cytologist and plant physiologist, was born on 8 January 1872 at 4 York Road, Lambeth, London. He was the sixth child and third son in a family of ten. His father, Frederick Blackman, was a medical practitioner, and his mother, ...

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Vernon Herbert Blackman (1872–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macgregor [née McPherson], (Janet) Elizabeth [Betty] (1920–2005), cytologist, was born at 11 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, on 12 January 1920, the daughter of Andrew McPherson (1884–1946), company secretary, and his wife, Jean (Jennie), née Craig (1886–1929). She had an elder brother, Andrew (1917–1940)...

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Manton, Irene (1904–1988), plant cytologist, was born on 17 April 1904 in Kensington, London, the youngest of three children and younger daughter of George Sidney Frederick Manton, dental surgeon, and his wife, Milana Angele Terese d'Humy. The eldest child, a son, had died in infancy; the elder daughter, ...