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Bier, Norman (1925–2009), optometrist and contact lens specialist, was born Norbert Bier on 28 February 1925 in Munich, Germany, the elder son of Marcus Bier (1895–1968), jeweller, and his wife, Henna Necha (Helen), née Buch (1897–1970). His brother Manfred (b. 1930) became an accountant. Educated initially in ...

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Blair, Robert (1748–1828), surgeon and maker of optical instruments, was born at Garvald, Haddingtonshire, the son of the minister Archibald Blair and his wife, Janet Barclay. After studying medicine at Edinburgh University he was apprenticed to Francis Balfour, surgeon in the Royal Navy...

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Childe, Henry Langdon (1781–1874), magic lantern maker, was born in Poole, Dorset, the younger brother of James Waring Childe and Elias Childe, both painters. Other than this, and that he was a widower at the time of his death, few details are known of his personal life. ...

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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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Cuff, John (1708?–1772?), optician and microscope maker, was the son of Peter Cuff (b. 1676), watchmaker and member of the Broderers' Company. It is possible that his mother was Rebecca, née Crichlow (b. 1675), who married a Peter Cuff, watchmaker, of the parish of ...

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Dallos, Jozsef [Josef] (1905–1979), ophthalmologist, was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 5 January 1905, the eldest child of Sándor (Alexander) Dallos (1870–1952), headmaster of a high school for boys, and his wife, Margit (Margaret), née Mayer (1880–1959), daughter of a prosperous lawyer. His sister ...

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Dickinson, Frank (1906–1978), optometrist, was born at 64 Highfield Road, South Shore, Blackpool, on 14 November 1906, the eldest of four children of Benjamin Oswald Dickinson (1879–1952), a mechanical engineer then working in the shipyards of Barrow in Furness, and his wife, Prudence, ...

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Dollond family (per. 1750–1871), makers of optical and scientific instruments, were established in London by John Dollond (1707–1761), originally a silk weaver. He was born in Spitalfields, London, the third child and eldest son of Jean Dollond, a Huguenot weaver, and his wife, ...