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Ainsworth, Geoffrey Clough (1905–1998), mycologist, was born at 26 South Street, Handsworth, Birmingham, on 9 October 1905, the only son of Percy Clough Ainsworth, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Gertrude (née Fisk). Like many ministers' families they moved around the country, and ...

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Bolton, James (bap. 1735, d. 1799), natural history artist and mycologist, was baptized on 23 November 1735; he was probably born on a farm in the Calder valley, Yorkshire. He was the younger son of a weaver, William Bolton (or Boulton). His elder brother, ...

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Brown, William (1888–1975), mycologist and plant pathologist, was born on 17 February 1888 at Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, the second son and child of Gavin Brown, small farmer and agricultural engineer, and his wife, Margaret Broatch. In 1900 he went to the Annan Academy as a day scholar, obtaining in 1904 a leaving certificate in mathematics, English, Latin, French, and German, and a bursary for ...

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Buller, Arthur Henry Reginald (1874–1944), botanist and mycologist, was born on 19 August 1874 at Moseley, Birmingham, the son of Alban Gardner Buller JP, solicitor, and his wife, Mary Jane Huggins. He was educated at a preparatory school at Moseley, then at Queen's College, Taunton...

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Butler, Sir Edwin John (1874–1943), plant pathologist and mycologist, was born on 13 August 1874 in Kilkee, co. Clare, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Butler, of Suirville, co. Tipperary, resident magistrate, and his wife, Annie Barry. He was educated first in ...

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Cooke, Mordecai Cubitt (1825–1914), naturalist and mycologist, was born on 12 July 1825 at the post office in Horning, Norfolk, the eldest in the family of five sons and three daughters of Mordecai Cooke (1799–1869), village shopkeeper, and his wife, Mary (1803–1885), postmistress and village herbalist, daughter of ...

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Currey, Frederick (1819–1881), mycologist, was born on 19 August 1819, probably at Norwood in Surrey, the son of Benjamin Currey, clerk of parliaments. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his BA in 1841. He studied law at ...

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Dennis, Richard William George (1910–2003), mycologist, was born on 13 July 1910 at 9 Gloucester Road, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, the only son of Samuel William Gallop Dennis, headmaster of the local Church of England school, and his wife, Mabel Kate, née Nash. He was educated at ...

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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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Forster, Benjamin Meggot (1764–1829), mycologist and inventor of scientific instruments, was born in Walbrook, London, on 16 January 1764, the second son of Edward Forster the elder (1730–1812) and his wife, Susanna Furney (d. 1823). His brothers were Thomas Furly Forster (1761–1825)...