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Barnard, Joseph Edwin (1868–1949), hatter and microscopist, was born on 7 December 1868 at 321 Vauxhall Bridge Road, Pimlico, London, the son of Walter Barnard, hatter, and his wife, Elizabeth Phillips Jacob. He was educated at the City of London School, leaving at the age of sixteen as head boy. He entered his father's firm, with premises at ...

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Barry, Martin (1802–1855), microscopist and embryologist, was born on 28 March 1802 at Fratton, Hampshire, one of three or more children whose father had a mercantile concern in Nova Scotia, with ships trading along the coast and with the West Indies. Barry received a liberal education and, following his father's death, which left him with independent means, he spent some time with a relative in the ...

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Bauer, Franz Andreas (1758–1840), microscopist and botanical artist, was born on 4 October 1758 in Feldsberg, Austria (now Valtice, Czech Republic). He was the second of the four sons of Lukas Bauer or Baur (1706/7–1762), a religious and court painter to the ...

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Franz Andreas Bauer (1758–1840) by William Brockedon, 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beale, Lionel Smith (1828–1906), physician and microscopist, was born on 5 February 1828 at Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, the only son of Lionel John Beale (1796–1871), surgeon and first medical officer of health for St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Frances Smith Beale (1800–1849), the third daughter of ...

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Lionel Smith Beale (1828–1906) by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1876 by permission of the Royal College of Physicians, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cockayne, David John Hugh (1942–2010), electron microscopist, was born on 19 March 1942 at 90 Boundaries Road, Balham, London, the elder son and second of three children of John Henry Cockayne, policeman and later staff manager, and his wife, Ivy, née Hatton. When he was eight years old the family emigrated to ...

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Cosslett, (Vernon) Ellis (1908–1990), physicist and electron microscopist, was born on 16 June 1908 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the eighth child in the family of six boys and five girls of Edgar William Cosslett, carpenter, and his wife, Anne Williams. His father worked on the ...

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Crisp, Sir Frank, first baronet (1843–1919), lawyer and microscopist, was born in London on 25 October 1843, the only child of John Shalders Crisp (1811–1896), a printer, and his first wife, Harriet (d. 1846), daughter of John Filby Childs, the Congregationalist campaigner against church rates and owner of the printing business for whom her husband worked. His mother died when he was not yet three and he was brought up by his grandfather. He was educated at private schools, then at ...

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Hassall, Arthur Hill (1817–1894), physician and microscopist, was born at Teddington, Middlesex, on 13 December 1817, the son of Thomas Hassall (1771–1844), surgeon, and Ann Sherrock (1778×80–1817). After attending school at Richmond, Surrey, he was apprenticed in 1834 to his uncle Sir James Murray...