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Barry, Martin (1802–1855), microscopist and embryologist, was born on 28 March 1802 at Fratton, Hampshire, one of three or more children whose father had a mercantile concern in Nova Scotia, with ships trading along the coast and with the West Indies. Barry received a liberal education and, following his father's death, which left him with independent means, he spent some time with a relative in the ...

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Beddington, Rosa Susan Penelope (1956–2001), developmental biologist, was born on 23 March 1956 at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, the second daughter of (Julian) Roy Beddington, artist and writer, of Esseborne Manor, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Andover, Hampshire, and his wife, Anna Dorothy, née...

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Sir Robert Geoffrey (Bob) Edwards (1925–2013) by Anita Corbin and John O'Grady, 1989 © Anita Corbin and John O'Grady; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, Sir Robert Geoffrey (Bob) (1925–2013), physiologist, was born on 27 September 1925 at the maternity home in Bradford Road, Batley, Yorkshire, the son of Samuel Edwards (b. 1896), railway tunnel miner, and his wife Margaret, née Street (b. 1893), a machinist in one of the local mills. He came from a solidly working-class family. His paternal grandfather, ...

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Ransom, William Henry (1823–1907), physician and embryologist, was born on 19 November 1823 at Cromer, Norfolk, the younger son of Henry Ransom (1793–1832), a master mariner and shipowner, and his wife, Maria (bap. 1793, d. 1861), daughter of the Revd Richard Jones (1756?–1814)...

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Allen Thomson (1809–1884) by Sir Daniel Macnee, 1878 reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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Thomson, Allen (1809–1884), anatomist and embryologist, was born on 2 April 1809 in Edinburgh, the only surviving son of John Thomson (1765–1846), surgeon, and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of John Millar (1735–1801), professor of jurisprudence at Glasgow University. William Thomson (1802–1852) was his half-brother....

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Waddington, Conrad Hal (1905–1975), geneticist and embryologist, was born in Evesham on 8 November 1905, the only son and elder child of Hal Waddington, a tea planter, and his wife, Mary Ellen Warner, who both came from long established Quaker families. Not only were they first cousins but so also were ...