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Bullard, Sir Edward Crisp (1907–1980), marine geophysicist, was born on 21 September 1907 at 1 Heigham Grove, Earlham Road, Heigham, Norwich, the only son and eldest of four children, of whom the last were twins, of Edward John Bullard (1875–1950), a Norwich brewer, and his wife, ...

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Chapman, Sydney (1888–1970), mathematician and geophysicist, was born on 29 January 1888 in Eccles, Lancashire, the second son of Joseph Chapman, chief cashier at Rylands, a Manchester textiles firm, and his wife, Sarah Gray. He left elementary school at the age of fourteen and attended the ...

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Sydney Chapman (1888–1970) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cook, Sir Alan Hugh (1922–2004), physicist and college head, was born on 2 December 1922 at 5 Garnett Villas, Felsted, Essex, the eldest of the six children of Reginald Thomas Cook (d. 1954), a customs and excise officer, and his wife, Ethel, ...

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Darwin, Sir George Howard (1845–1912), mathematician and geophysicist, was born on 9 July 1845 at Down House, Downe, Kent, the fifth child (the third of seven to survive childhood) of Charles Robert Darwin (1809–1882), the naturalist, and his wife, Emma Wedgwood (1808–1896), granddaughter of the potter ...

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Sir George Howard Darwin (1845–1912) by Gwen Raverat © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph Charles Farman (1930–2013) by Anita Corbin and John O'Grady, 1989 © Anita Corbin and John O'Grady; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Farman, Joseph Charles [Joe] (1930–2013), Antarctic geophysicist, was born on 7 August 1930 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich, the only son and younger child of Joseph John Farman (1894–1970), a self-employed builder, and his wife, Hannah Ellen, née Ribbons (1892–1962), a primary school teacher. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Foster, Henry (bap. 1796, d. 1831), geophysicist and naval officer, was baptized on 4 September 1796 at Copp Chapel, near Woodplumpton, near Preston, Lancashire, the eldest son of Henry Foster, incumbent of Woodplumpton, and Alice Croft. He had two sisters and one brother. He was educated under a ...

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Holmes, Arthur (1890–1965), geologist and geophysicist, was born on 14 January 1890 at 62 Glen Terrace, Hebburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, the only child of David Holmes (1865–1941), hardware shop assistant, and Emily Dickinson (1869–1952?), schoolteacher, both from Newcastle. Educated at Gateshead higher grade school...