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Beale, Geoffrey Herbert (1913–2009), geneticist, was born on 11 June 1913 at 52 Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, London, one of four children of Herbert Walter Beale (1874–1958), commercial traveller, and his wife, Elsie, née Beaton (1888–1970). After the family moved to Wallington, Surrey...

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Bell, Julia (1879–1979), geneticist, was born on 28 January 1879 at Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. She was tenth of the fourteen children of James Bell, printer, and Katherine Thomas Heap. She was educated at Nottingham Girls' High School and in 1898 entered Girton College, Cambridge...

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Edwards, John Hilton (1928–2007), human geneticist, was born on 26 March 1928 at Ingleborough Lodge, Dulwich, London, the elder son of Harold Clifford Edwards (1899–1989), consulting surgeon at King's College Hospital, London, and his wife, Ida Margaret Atkinson, née Phillips (1900–1981). His younger brother, ...

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Fisher, Sir Ronald Aylmer (1890–1962), statistician and geneticist, was born on 17 February 1890 at his parents' home in East Finchley, Middlesex, the last of seven surviving children born to George Fisher (1843–1920), a dealer in fine arts, and his wife, Katie (1855–1904)...

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Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890–1962) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ford, Edmund Brisco (1901–1988), geneticist, was born on 23 April 1901 in Dalton, near Ulverston in Lancashire, the only child of the Revd Harold Dodsworth Ford, curate at Dalton in Furness, and his wife, Gertrude Emma Bennett. His interest in butterflies started as a boy, when he and his father observed each season a colony of the marsh fritillary butterfly in ...

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Galton, Sir Francis (1822–1911), biostatistician, human geneticist, and eugenicist, was born in Birmingham on 16 February 1822, the youngest of the seven children of Samuel Tertius Galton (1783–1844), a very successful banker, and his wife, Frances Anne Violetta Darwin (1783–1874), one of the many daughters of ...

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Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911) by Eveleen Myers, 1890s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gorer, Peter Alfred Isaac (1907–1961), immunologist and geneticist, was born in London on 14 April 1907, the second of the three sons of Edgar Ezekiel Gorer (1872–1915), a noted collector of oriental art and fine art dealer, and his wife, Rachel Alice, née...

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Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson (1892–1964), geneticist, was born on 5 November 1892 in Oxford. He was the only son of John Scott Haldane (1860–1936), physiologist, and his wife, Louisa Kathleen (1863–1961), daughter of Coutts Trotter of Dreghorn; he was named after his great-uncle ...