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C. L. Falkiner

revised by P. E. Kell

Archer, William (1830–1897), naturalist and librarian, was born on 6 May 1830 at Maghera, co. Down, the eldest son of the Revd Richard Archer, perpetual curate at Maghera and a member of a family long settled in co. Wexford, and Jane Matilda, daughter of ...

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G. S. Boulger

revised by Margot Walker

Dryander, Jonas Carlsson (1748–1810), botanist and librarian, was born on 5 March 1748 in Göteborg, Sweden, son of Carl Leonard Dryander (d. 1757), lecturer, and Brita Maria Montin. His uncle, Dr Lars Montin, a botanist and pupil of Linnaeus, advised him on his education after the early death of his father. After attending school in ...

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Jonas Carlsson Dryander (1748–1810) by William Daniell, pubd 1811 (after George Dance, 1795) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ferguson, John (1838–1916), chemist and bibliographer, was born on 24 January 1838 at Alloa in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the second of three children of William Ferguson and his wife, Margaret Kidd. His father moved from Alloa at an early date, settling in Glasgow as a merchant. ...

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John Ferguson (1838–1916) by Sarony, 1880s courtesy of Glasgow University

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Freeling, Sir Francis, first baronet (1764–1836), postal administrator and book collector, was born at Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, on 25 August 1764. Freeling began his career in the Bristol post office, where he witnessed the successful trial, in 1784, of John Palmer's scheme for a mail coach service. In 1785 he was appointed principal, and resident surveyor in ...

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Gomme, Arthur Allan (1882–1955), librarian and historian of technology, was born at 2 Park Villas, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, Surrey, on 15 July 1882, the third of the seven sons of Sir (George) Laurence Gomme (1853–1916), public servant and folklorist, and his wife, Alice Bertha Gomme, ...

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Kippist, Richard (1812–1882), librarian and botanist, was born on 11 June 1812 in Stoke Newington, Middlesex, the third of at least ten children (five sons and five daughters) of William Kippist (1776-1843), shoemaker, and his wife Justina née Newman (1784-1849...

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Libri, Guglielmo [Count Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia] (1802–1869), scientist, book collector, and thief, was born on 2 January 1802 (or possibly 1803) in Florence, the son of Count Giorgio Libri-Carrucci dalla Sommaia (1781–1836) and Rosa del Rosso (c.1783–1849)...

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Lindsay, James Ludovic, twenty-sixth earl of Crawford and ninth earl of Balcarres (1847–1913), astronomer and book collector, the only son of Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880), and his wife, Margaret, the eldest daughter of ...

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J. T. Gilbert

revised by Alan Yoshioka

Mason, William Shaw (1774–1853), statistician and bibliographer, was born in Dublin, the son of Henry Mason, described as (publicanusBurtchaell & Sadleir, Alum. Dubl.). He was educated, first, under a Mr Carpendale, and then at Trinity College, Dublin, to which he was admitted in 1791, graduating BA in 1796. In conjunction with two others he was appointed by patent in 1805 to the office of remembrancer or receiver of the first-fruits and twentieth parts in ...

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McLeod, Herbert (1841–1923), chemist and bibliographer, was born on 19 February 1841 in Stamford Hill, north London, the eldest child of Bentley McLeod (1808–1870), brewer, and Louisa Jane, née Cristall (1811–1901). McLeod received his initial education at Stockwell grammar school and at a private school in ...

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Sherborn, Charles Davies (1861–1942), geologist and scientific bibliographer, was born on 30 June 1861 at 5 Gunter Grove, Chelsea, London, the eldest child of Charles William Sherborn (1831–1912), a metal-engraver and etcher, and his wife, Hannah Simpson Wait (née Davies; d. 1922)...