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Buckman, James (1814–1884), naturalist and agriculturist, was born on 20 November 1814 in Cheltenham, a son of John Buckman (1767–1851), shoemaker and cordwainer, and his wife, Mary Bishop (b. 1777). He was first articled to Stephen H. Murley, a Cheltenham surgeon-apothecary, who inculcated in him an interest in science. From about 1835 ...

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Hodgkinson, George Christopher (1816–1880), schoolmaster and meteorologist, was born at Newark, Nottinghamshire, the son of George Hodgkinson, attorney, and his wife, Julia Beevor. From King Edward VI School, Louth, he went in 1833 as a pensioner to Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating BA (fourteenth wrangler) in 1837 and MA in 1842. His first posts were as master at the ...

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Ritchie, Sir John Neish (1904–1977), veterinary surgeon, was born on 19 January 1904 in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of three sons in a family of five children of John Neish Ritchie, a general merchant of Schoolhill, Turriff, and his wife, Annie Watson, who was for some time a governess in ...

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Vischer, Sir Hanns (1876–1945), educationist, was born at Basel, Switzerland, on 14 September 1876, the third of five children of Adolf Eberhard Vischer (1839–1902), a prosperous Swiss silk merchant, and his wife, Carolina Rosalia (Rosalie) Sarasin. His father was a deeply committed evangelical Christian and an Anglophile, sentiments which his son ...