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Beck, Diana Jean Kinloch (1900–1956), neurosurgeon, was born on 29 June 1900 at Hoole, Chester, the only girl of the three children of James Beck, a master draper of Scottish descent, and his wife, Margaret Helena Kinloch. From the Queen's School at Chester...

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Cairns, Sir Hugh William Bell (1896–1952), neurosurgeon, was born on 26 June 1896 in Port Pirie, South Australia. His father, William Cairns (1868–1958), a carpenter and joiner, had emigrated from Glasgow in 1889 and married Amy Florence Bell (1867–1964), a local music teacher. In 1903 they moved to the small township of ...

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Gillingham, (Francis) John (1916–2010), neurosurgeon, was born on 15 March 1916 at 6 Came View, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of John Herbert Gillingham, master dairyman, and his wife, Lily, née Eavis. His father was later the owner of a haberdashery business in Dorchester...

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Guttmann, Sir Ludwig (1899–1980), neurosurgeon, was born on 3 July 1899 in Tost, Upper Silesia, into a Jewish family, the first born, and the only son, among the four children of Bernhard Guttmann, an innkeeper and distiller, and his wife, Dorothea, daughter of ...

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Sir Ludwig Guttmann (1899–1980) by unknown photographer, 1977 © UPPA/Photoshot

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Jefferson, Sir Geoffrey (1886–1961), neurosurgeon, was born at 27 Barrett Street, Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, on 10 April 1886, the eldest of the six children of Arthur John Jefferson (1857–1915), a general practitioner and surgeon in Rochdale, and his wife, Cecilia, née James (...

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Jennett, (William) Bryan (1926–2008), neurosurgeon, was born on 1 March 1926 at Finglas, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, the only son of Robert William Jennett (1884/5–1956), a civil servant of Irish descent in the Ministry of Labour, and his Scottish wife, Jessie Pate, née Loudon (1892–1975)...

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Robertson, (James) Sloan Mutrie (1905–1978), neurosurgeon, was born on 8 April 1905 at Thornwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the son of James Sloan Robertson (1879–1911), mechanical engineering draughtsman, and his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lindsay Hatrick (1883–1966). Sloan Robertson (as he was universally known) was educated at ...