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Edwards, John Francis Hall- (1858–1926), surgeon and radiographer, was born John Francis Hall Edwards in Moseley Road, King's Norton, Worcestershire, on 19 December 1858, the son of John Edwards, a druggist who went on to qualify in medicine in which he had a practice in ...

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Hounsfield, Sir Godfrey Newbold (1919–2004), engineer and inventor, was born on 28 August 1919 in Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, the youngest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Thomas Hounsfield, farmer, and his wife, Sophia Blanche, née Dilcock. His upbringing on a farm was a major factor in the way his life developed. From a very early age he began doing experiments using the sort of resources that can only be found on a farm. He exploited haystacks as the launch platforms for hang gliding investigations, and had access to barrels in which he performed some chemical experiments which, it is not unlikely, could have terminated his interest in science at a very early age. At ...

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Macintyre, John (1857–1928), laryngological surgeon and radiologist, was born on 2 October 1857 in the slum area of 343 High Street, Glasgow. His father, Donald Macintyre, had migrated from his native Argyll to Glasgow in search of work, and became a journeyman tailor there. His mother, ...

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McWhirter, Robert (1904–1994), medical radiologist, was born on 8 November 1904 in the schoolhouse at Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland, the younger son of Robert McWhirter, the village schoolmaster, and his wife Janet Ramsay, née Gairdner. His elder brother John was also a medical radiologist. He was educated at ...

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Pochin, Sir Edward Eric (1909–1990), physician and specialist in the dangers of ionizing radiation, was born on 22 September 1909 in Sale, Cheshire, the only child of Charles Davenport Pochin, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Agnes Collier. His father drowned soon after he was born and the family had little money, but he showed early determination by gaining a scholarship to ...