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John Ball (1818–1889) by unknown photographer © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: reproduced by kind permission of the Director and the Board of Trustees

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Ball, John (1818–1889), glaciologist and politician, was born in Dublin on 20 August 1818, the eldest child of Nicholas Ball (1791–1865), judge and politician, and his wife, Jane (née Sherlock) of Butlerstown Castle in co. Waterford. Until the age of eleven he received little formal education, but from his earliest years he displayed a precocious interest in science. In his seventh year he was taken to ...

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Debenham, Frank (1883–1965), geographer and polar scientist, was born at Bowral, New South Wales, on 26 December 1883, the second son of the Revd John Willmott Debenham, vicar of Bowral and schoolmaster, and his wife, Edith Cleveland. He attended the school run by his father and, after his death in 1898, by his mother, and from there went to the ...

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Frank Debenham (1883–1965) by Herbert George Ponting, 1911 © Popperfoto

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Koerner, Roy Martindale [Fritz] (1932–2008), glaciologist and polar explorer, was born at 40 Kimbolton Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, on 3 July 1932, the youngest of three sons of Bernard William Koerner (1898–1974), an electrical wireman at Portsmouth Dockyard, and his wife, Minnie, née Martindale (1897–1984)...

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Seligman, Gerald Abraham (1886–1973), glaciologist, was born on 26 March 1886 at Clapham Park, London, the seventh and youngest child of Isaac Seligman (1834–1928), merchant banker, and his wife, Lina Messel (1851–1925), of Darmstadt, Germany. Both his parents were of German-Jewish origin. From 1900 to 1903, he was educated at ...

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Smith, Geoffrey Francis Hattersley- (1923–2012), polar scientist and historian, was born on 22 April 1923 at 12 Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington, London, the son of Major Wilfrid Percy Ashley Hattersley-Smith (1881–1968), Royal Artillery officer, and his wife, Ethel Mary, née Willcocks (1892–1937). He had a younger brother, ...

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Swithinbank, Charles Winthrop Molesworth (1926–2014), glaciologist and polar scientist, was born on 17 November 1926 in Pegu, Burma, the younger child of Bernard Winthrop Swithinbank (1884–1958), a district commissioner with the Indian Civil Service in Burma, and his wife Dorothea, née...