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Alfonsi, Petrus (fl. 1106–1126), scholar and translator of scientific works, was born in northern Spain, to Jewish parents. He was baptized a Christian on 29 June 1106 in Huesca, Aragon, with the names of the apostle on whose feast day the baptism took place and of his godfather, ...

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Bath, Adelard of (b. in or before 1080?, d. in or after 1150), scientist and translator, was a pioneer in introducing Arabic mathematics into England.

Although absolute confidence cannot be placed in the autobiographical details included within the fictitious context of his literary works, ...

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Colson, John (1680–1759), mathematician and translator, was born in Lichfield, the eldest of six children of Francis Coleson (or Colson), vicar-choral of Lichfield Cathedral, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was the nephew and godson of John Strype, the ecclesiastical historian. He attended Lichfield grammar school...

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Duffield, Alexander James (1821/2–1890), translator and mining engineer, was born at Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. He was intended for the clerical profession, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, but did not take orders. Instead, after marriage, he emigrated to South America. He worked for some years in ...

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Theodore Haak (1605–1690) by Jonathan Richardson the elder © Royal Society

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Haak, Theodore (1605–1690), translator and natural philosopher, was born on 25 July 1605 at Neuhausen, near Worms, where his father, Theodor Haak, held some administrative office; his mother, Maria, was the daughter of Daniel Tossanus, a Huguenot refugee who had become rector of the ...

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Harding, John (bap. 1601, d. 1665), alchemist and translator, was baptized on 8 November 1601 at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire, eldest of the three sons and four daughters of John Harding (c.1562–1610), rector of Great Haseley, and his wife, Isabel, whose former married name was ...

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Kerr, Robert (1757–1813), scientific writer and translator, was born on 20 October 1757 at Drumsheugh, Edinburgh, the son of James Kerr (d. 1768), jeweller and goldsmith and MP for Edinburgh city from 1747 to 1754, and his second wife, Elizabeth (1713/14–1799), daughter of ...

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Ketton, Robert of (fl. 1141–1157), astronomer and translator, is almost certainly identifiable with Robert, archdeacon of Pamplona (fl. 1145–1157): both are attested in Spain in the middle decades of the twelfth century. He often appears in the sources with the toponym Ketenensis...

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Russell, Richard (b. before 1640, d. 1686x97), translator of alchemical and iatrochemical treatises, prepared chemical medicines with his brother William Russell (1634–c. 1696) who was chemist-in-ordinary to Charles II and author of A Physical Treatise, Grounded, not upon Tradition, nor Phancy, but Experience...

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Shareshill [Sareshel], Alfred of [called Alfred the Englishman] (fl. c. 1197–c. 1222), scientist and translator of Aristotelian works, came from Shareshill, which is probably the village of that name 10 miles west of Lichfield, and so is likely to be the '...

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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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Waller, Richard (c. 1660–1715), natural philosopher and translator, is of unknown origin except that his mother, Mary, who later married a Mr More, was educated in the classics and was an artist of note in her day. About 1683 Waller married Anna (surname unknown), with whom he had several children and lived sometime near ...