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Kermack, William Ogilvy (1898–1970), biochemist and mathematical epidemiologist, was born on 26 April 1898 at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, the only son of William Kermack, postman, and his wife, Helen, née Ogilvy (d. 1904). After his mother's death he was mainly brought up by his father's sister. At five he was sent to a local school, ...

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Mitchell, Peter Dennis (1920–1992), biochemist, was born on 29 September 1920 at 19 Rustic Avenue, Mitcham, Surrey, the younger son of Christopher Gibbs Mitchell (1889–1951), civil servant, and his wife, Kate Beatrice Dorothy, née Taplin (1892–1974), daughter of William George Taplin of Peckham...

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Peacocke, Arthur Robert (1924–2006), biochemist and theologian, was born on 29 November 1924 at 221 Chester Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Arthur Charles Peacocke, butcher, and his wife, Rose Elizabeth, née Lilly. He was educated at Watford grammar school and Exeter College, Oxford...

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Pirie [née Patey], Antoinette (1905–1991), biochemist, was born on 4 October 1905 in Bond Street, London, the daughter of William James Patey (d. 1941), who owned a pharmacist's shop in Bond Street, and his wife, Florence, née Keen. She was educated at ...

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Norman Wingate Pirie (1907–1997) by Yolanda Sonnabend, 1984 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pirie, Norman Wingate [Bill] (1907–1997), biochemist, was born on 1 July 1907 in Easebourne, near Midhurst, Sussex, the younger son and youngest of the three children of Sir George Pirie (1863–1946), painter, and his wife, Jean Smith, née Wingate, nurse, and daughter of ...

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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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Smith, Michael (1932–2000), biochemist, was born at 65 St Heliers Road, South Shore, Blackpool, on 26 April 1932, the son of Rowland Smith, a market gardener, and his wife, Mary Agnes (née Armstead), who worked in the family boarding-house. Educated at Arnold School, Blackpool...