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Dawson, George Mercer (1849–1901), geologist and anthropologist, was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, on 1 August 1849, the son of Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899), geologist, and Margaret Ann Young Mercer (b. 1829/30). His father became principal of McGill College in 1855, and the young ...

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Dover, Cedric Cyril (1904–1961), entomologist, anthropologist, and poet, was born on 11 April 1904 in Calcutta to Eurasian parents, Percy and Sophy Dover. He was a descendant of Colonel James Skinner, the founder of what became Skinner's Horse, himself born to a Scottish father and a ...

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Latcham, Richard Edward (1869–1943), civil engineer and anthropologist, was born at Cross Hands, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, on 5 March 1869, the second child and eldest son of Tucker Latcham (b. 1840/41), wheelwright, and his wife, Victoria Adelaide, née Cartwright (b. 1843/4). He was a boarder at ...

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Morant, Geoffrey Miles (1899–1964), anthropologist and statistician, was born in Battersea, London, on 15 July 1899, the third child of Henry Morant, headmaster of an elementary school in Lambeth, and his wife, Maria Elizabeth Miles. He was educated at Battersea secondary school and, after service with the ...

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Romanes, George John [pseuds. Physicus, Metaphysicus] (1848–1894), evolutionary biologist, was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on 20 May 1848, the third son of the Revd George Romanes and Isabella Gair Smith. His father, who taught Greek at the small university in ...

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George John Romanes (1848–1894) by Elliott & Fry, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sollas, William Johnson (1849–1936), geologist and anthropologist, was born in Birmingham on 30 May 1849, the eldest son of William Henry Sollas, shipowner, and his wife, Emma (née Wheatley). He was educated at the City of London School, the Royal College of Chemistry...

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Spencer, Sir (Walter) Baldwin (1860–1929), biologist and anthropologist, was born on 23 June 1860 at Stretford, Lancashire, the second of eleven children of Reuben Spencer (1830–1901) and his wife, Martha (1832–1906), née Circuit. Reuben, a pillar of Manchester congregationalism, rose from clerk to managing director of ...

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Sir (Walter) Baldwin Spencer (1860–1929) by unknown photographer reproduced courtesy of Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

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Joseph Sidney Weiner (1915–1982) by unknown photographer, early 1970s Institute of Biological Anthropology

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Weiner, Joseph Sidney (1915–1982), human biologist and environmental physiologist, was born on 29 June 1915 at Nourse Mines in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the second of the seven children of Robert Weiner (1885–1966), general dealer, and his wife Fanny (Chana), née Simon (1896–1978)...