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Bashford, Ernest Francis (1873–1923), oncologist, was born on 21 November 1873 at High Lawn, Bowdon, Cheshire, the eldest son of William Taylor Bashford, photographer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Booth. He was educated at George Heriot's School before entering the University of Edinburgh...

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Chambers, Helen (1879–1935), pathologist and cancer research worker, was born on 18 July 1879 in Bombay, India, the only daughter of Frederick Chambers, of the Indian Civil Service. Her family returned to Britain and she was educated at the Jersey Ladies' College, and later at ...

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Helen Chambers (1879–1935) by Reginald Haines, pubd 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fairley, Gordon Hamilton- (1930–1975), oncologist, was born on 20 April 1930 at 73 Harley Street, London, the younger son of Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley (1891–1966), and his second wife, Mary Evelyn Greaves (b. 1902). His father, a member of a distinguished Melbourne...

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Sir Alexander Haddow (1907–1976) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haddow, Sir Alexander (1907–1976), experimental pathologist in cancer research, was born on 18 January 1907, at Leven, Fife, Scotland, the elder son of William Haddow (1864–1928), miner, later a landlord of a hostelry, and his wife, Margaret Docherty (1870–1922), the daughter of a hawker and coachman. The family lived in ...

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Jones, Vicky Veronica Clement- [née Vicky Veronica Yip] (1948–1987), physician and founder of the British Association for Cancer United Patients, was born on 23 December 1948 in Hong Kong, the third child of Teddy Yip, a successful Chinese businessman, and his wife, ...

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Kay, Humphrey Edward Melville (1923–2009), haematologist and oncologist, was born on 10 October 1923 at 19 Spencer Road, Croydon, Surrey, the son of the Revd Arnold Innes Kay (1888–1945), a Church of England clergyman and missionary (who would later serve as vicar of ...

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Macgregor [née McPherson], (Janet) Elizabeth [Betty] (1920–2005), cytologist, was born at 11 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, on 12 January 1920, the daughter of Andrew McPherson (1884–1946), company secretary, and his wife, Jean (Jennie), née Craig (1886–1929). She had an elder brother, Andrew (1917–1940)...

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Mackie, George Yull, Baron Mackie of Benshie (1919–2015), farmer and politician, was born on 10 July 1919 at North Ythsie, by Tarves, Aberdeenshire, the fifth of six children and youngest of three sons of Maitland Mackie (1884–1975), a dairy farmer and one-time president of ...

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McElwain, Timothy John (1937–1990), cancer physician, was born on 22 April 1937 in Wellington, New Zealand, the only child of Allan R. McElwain, freelance foreign correspondent, and his wife, Marjorie (Miranda) Simpson, a commercial artist specializing in fashion. Because of the peripatetic nature of his father's employment, ...

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Pawson, Anthony James [Tony] (1952–2013), biologist and cancer researcher, was born on 18 October 1952 at the West Kent General Hospital, Maidstone, the second son and youngest of three children of Henry Anthony (Tony) Pawson (1921–2012), sportsman, businessman, and journalist, and his wife, ...

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Plummer [née Lapsker], Beatrice [Beattie], Baroness Plummer (1903–1972), farmer and politician, was born in Russia, probably in Kiev, on 14 April 1903, one of several children of Meyer (or Morris) Lapsker (or Lipsker; (1871–1940), furniture dealer, and his wife, ...