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English, Mary Phyllis (1919–2009), mycologist and historian, was born on 10 April 1919 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, the eldest child of Marcus Claude English (1886–1958), rubber planter, and his wife, Gladys Nellie, née Cubitt (1891–1979). In 1926 she was sent back to England...

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Fowden, Sir Leslie (1925–2008), plant biochemist, was born on 13 October 1925 at Birch Hill House, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire, the only child of Herbert Fowden (1878–1960), an iron turner at Turner Brothers, ironfounders, and his wife, Amy Dorothy (1891–1960), a cotton minder and daughter of ...

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Frankland [née Brown], Juliet Camilla (1929–2013), mycologist, was born on 30 January 1929 at High Barn Eaves, Effingham, Dorking, Surrey, the younger daughter of Walter Henry Brown (1893/4–1956), a civil servant in the Ministry of Works, and his wife, Gerda Lois, née...

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Juliet Camilla Frankland (1929–2013) by unknown photographer, 1995 © by kind permission of the British Mycological Society Archives

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Harper, John Lander (1925–2009), plant population ecologist, was born on 27 May 1925 at Crescent Nursing Home, Rugby, Warwickshire, the elder son of John Hindley Harper (1902–1985) and his wife, Harriet Mary, née Archer (1897–1987). He attended Lawrence Sheriff Boys' Grammar School in ...

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Hyams, Edward Solomon (1910–1975), gardener and ecologist, was born at 6 Wilderton Road, Stamford Hill, London, on 30 September 1910, the son of Arthur Hyams, a newspaper advertising manager, and his wife, Annie Dollie, formerly Leitson, otherwise Hart. He was educated at University College School...

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Lamb, Christopher John (1950–2009), plant biochemist, was born Malcolm Stewart Dixon on 19 March 1950 at the Purey Cust Nursing Home, York, the son of Elizabeth Dixon, a student nurse, of 42 Kilburn Road, York. He was adopted by John Mungall Lamb (1910–2003)...

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Stapledon, Sir (Reginald) George (1882–1960), grassland scientist, was born at Lakenham, Northam, Devon, on 22 September 1882. He was the sixth of seven children of William Stapledon, master mariner and shipping agent, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of William Clibbert, shipbuilder. He also had three half siblings. He was profoundly influenced by his mother's reverence for nature, but uninspired by his time at the ...

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Sir (Reginald) George Stapledon (1882–1960) by Walter Stoneman, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tansley, Sir Arthur George (1871–1955), plant ecologist, was born in central London on 15 August 1871, the only son and younger child of George Tansley and his wife, Amelia Lawrence. George Tansley conducted a profitable business providing for society functions, but his real interest lay with the ...