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Chadwick, Sir James (1891–1974), nuclear physicist, was born on 20 October 1891 at Bollington, near Macclesfield, the eldest of the three sons and one daughter (who died young) of John Joseph Chadwick, cotton spinner, and his wife, Annie Mary Knowles. Chadwick's father moved to ...

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Sir James Chadwick (1891–1974) by A. Barrington-Brown, 1953 © Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eyre, Brian Leonard (1933–2014), metallurgist and scientific administrator, was born at Plaistow Maternity Hospital, 26 Howards Road, Plaistow, London, on 29 November 1933, the son of Leonard George Eyre (1909–1988), house painter, and his wife, Mabel, née Rumsey (1909–1983), a skilled dressmaker. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Farmer, Frank Taylor (1912–2004), medical physicist, was born on 18 September 1912 at Warbrick, Mount Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, the younger son and youngest of three children of Robert Crosbie Farmer (1877–1960), research chemist, and his wife, Maud Mary, née Sharpe. After education at ...

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Feather, Norman (1904–1978), nuclear physicist, was born in the schoolhouse at Pecket Well, Yorkshire, on 16 November 1904, the eldest of the family of two sons and one daughter of Samson Feather, later headmaster of Holme primary school on Spalding Moor in the ...

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Hill, Sir John McGregor (1921–2008), nuclear physicist and public servant, was born on 21 February 1921 at Westminster Nursing Home, 50 Liverpool Road, Chester, the son of John Campbell Hill (1888–1982), a science teacher at Chester College of Scottish background who later became a schools inspector, and his wife, ...

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Kronberger, Hans (1920–1970), physicist and nuclear reactor engineer, was born in Linz, Austria, on 28 July 1920, the younger child and only son of Norbert and Olga Kronberger. His parents were Jewish and his father had inherited the family leather merchant business. At the German invasion, ...

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Hans Kronberger (1920–1970) by Walter Bird Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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May, Alan Nunn (1911–2003), physicist and spy, was born on 2 May 1911 at Bedruthan, Park Hill, Moseley, Birmingham, the youngest of four children (one girl and three boys) of Walter Frederick Nunn May, brassfounder, and his wife, Mary Annie (Minnie), née Kendall...

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Merrison, Sir Alexander Walter (1924–1989), nuclear physicist, was born on 20 March 1924 in Wood Green, London, the only child of Henry Walter Merrison, fitter's mate, who rose to be service manager in the local gas board and a respected chairman of the ...