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Astbury, William Thomas (1898–1961), physicist and molecular biologist, was born on 25 February 1898 at Longton, Staffordshire, the fourth of seven children and the eldest son of William Edwin Astbury, potter's turner, of Longton, and his wife, Clara Dean. Astbury was educated at ...

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Crick, Francis Harry Compton (1916–2004), molecular biologist, was born on 8 June 1916 at Holmgarth, Holmfield Way, Weston Favell, near Northampton, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Harry Crick (1887–1948), director of Crick & Co., boot and shoe manufacturers, and his wife, ...

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Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916–2004) by Ian Yeomans, 1962 © TopFoto

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Ingram, Vernon Martin (1924–2006), molecular biologist, was born Werner Adolf Martin Immerwahr on 19 May 1924 in Breslau, Germany, the younger son and youngest of three children of Kurt Immerwahr, timber merchant, and his wife, Johanna, née Freund. He had a brother, Heinrich (later Henry)...

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Kendrew, Sir John Cowdery (1917–1997), molecular biologist, was born on 24 March 1917 in Oxford, the only son of Wilfrid George Kendrew (1884–1962), reader in climatology at the University of Oxford, and his wife, Evelyn May Graham, née Sandberg (d. 1961), art historian, for many years resident in ...

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Sir John Cowdery Kendrew (1917–1997) by Nick Sinclair, 1993 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Milstein, César (1927–2002), molecular biologist and immunologist, was born on 8 October 1927 in Bahía Blanca, a provincial town in Argentina, the second of three sons of Lázaro Milstein, a salesman who had travelled to Argentina at the age of fourteen as a Jewish immigrant from the ...

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César Milstein (1927–2002) by Nick Sinclair, 1993 © Nick Sinclair; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Orgel, Leslie Eleazer (1927–2007), theoretical chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 12 January 1927 at 17 St Kildas Road, Stoke Newington, London, the son of Simon Orgel, a boot and shoe-lace dealer, and his wife, Deborah, née Grivisch. He was educated at the ...

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Perutz, Max Ferdinand (1914–2002), chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 19 May 1914 in Vienna, the only son of Hugo Perutz, textile industrialist, and his wife, Adèle. He was educated at Vienna's Theresianum after which he elected to study organic and inorganic chemistry at the ...