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Askonas, Brigitte Alice [Ita] (1923–2013), immunologist and biochemist, was born on 1 April 1923 in Vienna, the second child and only daughter of Czech parents who were Jewish converts to Catholicism, Carl Frederick (later Charles Frederick) Askonas (1893–1946) and his wife, Rose, née...

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Brigitte Alice Askonas (1923–2013) by unknown photographer, 1970s © reserved; National Institute of Medical Research

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Billingham, Rupert Everett [Bill] (1921–2002), immunologist, was born on 15 October 1921 at 95 Portway, Warminster, Wiltshire, the only child of Albert Everett Billingham (1889–1977) and his wife, Helen Louise (1888–1978), daughter of Herbert Green. His father's family originated in the industrial Black Country...

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Boyse, Edward Arthur [Ted] (1923–2007), immunologist, was born on 11 August 1923 at St Botolph's Lodge nursing home, Richmond Road, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Arthur Boyse (1859–1940), organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Dorothy Vera, née Mellersh (1888–1964). At the time of his birth registration his family lived at ...

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Burnet, Sir Frank Macfarlane (1899–1985), virologist and immunologist, was born on 3 September 1899 in Traralgon, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, the second of seven children of Frank Burnet (b. 1856), a banker of Scottish descent, and Hadassah Pollock Mackay (b. 1872), the daughter of a schoolteacher who had also emigrated from ...

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Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet (1899–1985) by Walter Bird, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coombs, Robert Royston Amos [Robin] (1921–2006), immunologist, was born Robert Royston Amos on 9 January 1921 at 4 Laurel Bank, Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London, the younger son of Charles Royston Amos (1892–1929), company director and former RAF officer, and his wife, Edris Owen, ...

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Doniach [née Abileah], Deborah (1912–2004), immunologist, was born on 6 April 1912 in Geneva, Switzerland, the eldest of the three daughters of Arieh Abileah (1885–1985), a Ukranian-born concert pianist and accompanist of the violinist Josef Szigeti, and his wife, Fée Héltès (1886–1983)...

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Gell, Philip George Houthem (1914–2001), immunologist, was born on 20 October 1914 in Dublin, the younger child and only son of Major Philip F. Gell, army officer, and his first wife, Elsie. His third name derived from the town in Belgium that his father was defending at the time of his birth. His father traced his ancestry back to the fourteenth century in ...

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Glenny, Alexander Thomas (1882–1965), immunologist, was born in Camberwell, London, on 18 September 1882, the third son among the five children of Thomas Armstrong Glenny, a stockbroker's clerk and Plymouth Brethren minister, and his wife, Elizabeth Foreman. He was educated at Alleyn's School...