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Ernest Clarke

revised by Sherwin A. Hall

Brown, Sir George Thomas (1827–1906), veterinary surgeon, born in London on 30 December 1827, was the elder son of Thomas Brown of Notting Hill Terrace, London, and his wife, Grace Bryant. Colonel Sir William James Brown KCB (1832–1918), was his younger brother. After being educated privately ...

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Buckman, James (1814–1884), naturalist and agriculturist, was born on 20 November 1814 in Cheltenham, a son of John Buckman (1767–1851), shoemaker and cordwainer, and his wife, Mary Bishop (b. 1777). He was first articled to Stephen H. Murley, a Cheltenham surgeon-apothecary, who inculcated in him an interest in science. From about 1835 ...

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Fairbridge, Kingsley Ogilvie (1885–1924), founder of farm schools overseas, was born on 5 May 1885 at Grahamstown, Cape Colony, the elder son of Rhys Seymour Fairbridge, surveyor to the government of Cape Colony and later to the British South Africa Company, and his wife, ...

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Hall, Sir (Alfred) Daniel (1864–1942), agricultural educationist and researcher, was born on 22 June 1864 at 44 Milnrow Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, the eldest of the five children of Edwin Hall (1835–1918), flannel manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Ann Billett (d. 1888), daughter of ...

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Sir (Alfred) Daniel Hall (1864–1942) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hodgkinson, George Christopher (1816–1880), schoolmaster and meteorologist, was born at Newark, the son of George Hodgkinson, attorney, and his wife, Julia Beevor. From King Edward VI School, Louth, he went in 1833 as a pensioner to Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA (fourteenth wrangler) in 1837 and MA in 1842. His first posts were as master at the ...

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William L. Weipers

revised by Linda Warden

Ritchie, Sir John Neish (1904–1977), veterinary surgeon, was born on 19 January 1904 in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of three sons in a family of five children of John Neish Ritchie, a general merchant of Schoolhill, Turriff, and his wife, Annie Watson, who was for some time a governess in ...

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J. A. S. Watson

revised by Peter Osborne

Somerville, Sir William (1860–1932), agriculturist, was born at Cormiston, Lanarkshire, on 30 May 1860, the only child to survive infancy of Robert Somerville (d. 1879), farmer, and his wife, Margaret Alexander. The Somerville family seems to have settled in Lanarkshire in the twelfth century, and at one time held very extensive landed estates, but the ...

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Vischer, Sir Hanns (1876–1945), educationist, was born at Basel, Switzerland, on 14 September 1876, the third of five children of Adolf Eberhard Vischer (1839–1902), a prosperous Swiss silk merchant, and his wife, Carolina Rosalia (Rosalie) Sarasin. His father was a deeply committed evangelical Christian and an Anglophile, sentiments which his son ...

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Ernest Clarke

revised by Anita McConnell

Wilson, John (1812–1888), agriculturist, was born in London in November 1812, the son of John Wilson and his wife, Matilda. He was educated at University College, London, and afterwards completed his training in Paris, where he studied medicine and chemistry under Payen, Boussingault...