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(Ernest) Arthur Bell (1926–2006) by A. McRobb © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Bell, (Ernest) Arthur (1926–2006), plant chemist, was born on 20 June 1926 at 7 Balmoral Terrace, Gosforth, Northumberland, the son of a Northumbrian chartered accountant, Albert Bell, and his Welsh wife, Rachel Enid, née Williams. He liked to be known by his second name, ...

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Bell, (George) Douglas Hutton (1905–1993), plant scientist, was born at 37 Glanmor Crescent, Swansea, on 18 October 1905, the elder son of George Henry Bell, civil engineer, and his wife, Lilian Mary Matilda, née Hutton. His father worked principally for municipal authorities in the ...

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Biffen, Sir Rowland Harry (1874–1949), geneticist and agricultural botanist, was born on 28 May 1874 at Cheltenham, the eldest of the family of two boys and three girls of Henry John Biffen, headmaster of the Christ Church higher grade school at Cheltenham, and his wife, ...

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Bunting, Arthur Hugh (1917–2002), crop scientist, was born on 7 September 1917 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Sidney Percival Bunting (1873–1936), solicitor, and his wife, Rebecca, née Notlowitz, a Jewish émigrée from Russia. His great-great-grandfather was ...

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Dainty, Jack (1919–2009), plant biophysicist, was born at 7 Beaconsfield Street, Mexborough, a depressed coal-mining town in Yorkshire, on 7 May 1919, the eldest son of Jack Dainty (1895–1924), steelworks electrician, and his wife, Evelyn, née Vickers (1895–1983). He had two younger brothers, ...

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Kathleen Mary Drew (1901–1957) by unknown photographer Smithsonian Institution Archives, record unit 90-105, image number SIA 2008-1427

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Drew [married name Baker], Kathleen Mary (1901–1957), phycologist, was born at Cleeve House, Windermere Road, Leigh, Lancashire, on 6 November 1901, eldest daughter of Walter Drew (1873–1949), who was then a commercial traveller for an agricultural implement manufacturer (he later became chairman of a farm machinery company), and his wife, ...

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Engledow, Sir Frank Leonard (1890–1985), plant scientist and agriculturist, was born on 20 August 1890 at Dartford, Kent, the fifth and youngest child of Henry Engledow of Norfolk, and Elizabeth Prentice from Essex. Henry Engledow was police station sergeant at Bexleyheath, Kent, and on retirement became agent to a brewery. ...

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Farrer, William James (1845–1906), wheat breeder, was born on 3 April 1845 at Docker, near Kendal, Westmorland, the first of the four children of Thomas Farrer, tenant farmer, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1853), daughter of John Brunskill. He was educated at ...

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Fisher, Sir Ronald Aylmer (1890–1962), statistician and geneticist, was born on 17 February 1890 at his parents' home in East Finchley, Middlesex, the last of seven surviving children born to George Fisher (1843–1920), a dealer in fine arts, and his wife, Katie (1855–1904)...

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Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890–1962) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Harland, Sydney Cross (1891–1982), agricultural botanist and geneticist, was born on 19 June 1891 at Snainton, near Scarborough, the son of Erasmus Harland and his wife, Eliza. He was educated at the municipal secondary school in Scarborough and at King's College, London, where he graduated in 1912 with honours in geology. He then took a job as a schoolmaster in the Danish colony of ...

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Hepper, (Frank) Nigel (1929–2013), botanist and plant taxonomist, was born on 13 March 1929 at The Close, Westwood Crescent, Leeds, the son of (Edward) Raymond Hepper (1892–1970), chartered surveyor, auctioneer, and valuer, and his wife, Ada Cecilia, née Heasman (1900–1963). His father had served as a captain in the ...

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Hill, Robert [Robin] (1899–1991), plant biochemist, was born on 2 April 1899 at Normanhurst, Warwick New Road, New Milverton, Leamington Spa, the son of Joseph Alfred Hill, accountant in the family metalwork firm and later amateur scientist, and his wife, Clara Maud, daughter of ...

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John Pilkington Hudson (1910–2007) by unknown photographer, 1985 by kind permission of Richard Hudson

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Hudson, John Pilkington (1910–2007), horticultural scientist and bomb disposal officer, was born on 24 July 1910 at Allethwaite, 15 Heath Grove, Buxton, Derbyshire, the only son of (William) Arthur Hudson (1884–1976), a sorting clerk and telegraphist for the Post Office, and his wife, ...

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Hutchinson, Sir Joseph Burtt (1902–1988), geneticist and agriculturist, was born on 21 March 1902 in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, the eldest of the three sons (there were no daughters) of Edmund Hutchinson, who farmed at Cransley Grange, near Kettering, and his wife, Lydia Mary Davy...

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James, Peter Wilfrid (1930–2014), lichenologist, was born at High Tor, 7 Sherifoot Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, on 28 April 1930, the son of Wilfrid James (1887–1959), schoolmaster, and his wife Elizabeth Dorothy, née Sheldon (1888–1977). He was educated at ...

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Jenkinson, David Stewart (1928–2011), soil scientist, was born on 25 February 1928 in Hollywood Hospital, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA, the eldest son of Hugh McLoughlan Jenkinson, businessman and farmer, and his wife, Isabel Frances, née Glass. His parents had moved from Northern Ireland...