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Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925–2011) by Paul Brason, 1993 © Paul Brason; The Master and Fellows of Balliol College, Oxford

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Blumberg, Baruch Samuel [Barry] (1925–2011), biochemist and college head, was born on 28 July 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, the second of three children of Meyer Blumberg, lawyer, and his wife, Ida, née Simonoff. His grandparents had emigrated from Europe to the USA...

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Chibnall, Albert Charles (1894–1988), biochemist and historian, was born on 28 January 1894 in Hammersmith, London, the second of three sons and third of six children (two subsequent daughters died in infancy) of George William Chibnall, baker, and his wife, Kate, daughter of ...

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(Noël) Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham (1900–1995) by Ramsey & Muspratt, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Needham, (Noël) Joseph Terence Montgomery (1900–1995), biochemist and historian, was born on 9 December 1900 at 2 Westbury Gardens, Loats Road, Clapham, London, the only child of Joseph Needham (1853–1920), physician and anaesthesiologist, and his second wife, Alicia Adelaide, née Montgomery (1872–1945). Born in the last months of the Victorian era, he became one of twentieth-century ...

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Slater, Lydia Elisabeth Leonidovna Pasternak (1902–1989), biochemist, poet, and translator, was born on 21 March 1902 in Moscow, the last of four children of Leonid Osipovich Pasternak (1862–1945), painter, and his wife, Rosalia Isidorovna Kaufmann (1867–1939), concert pianist. Despite the artistic milieu surrounding her childhood—...

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Young, Sir Frank George (1908–1988), biochemist and educationist, was born on 25 March 1908 at 2 Bond Street, Holford Square, Clerkenwell, London, the eldest in the family of two sons and one daughter of Frank Edgar Young, solicitor's clerk, and his wife, Jane Eleanor Pinkney...