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Doniach [née Abileah], Deborah (1912–2004), immunologist, was born on 6 April 1912 in Geneva, Switzerland, the eldest of the three daughters of Arieh Abileah (1885–1985), a Ukranian-born concert pianist and accompanist of the violinist Josef Szigeti, and his wife, Fée Héltès (1886–1983)...

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Dreschfeld, Julius (1845–1907), pathologist and physician, was born on 13 October 1845 at Niederwären, near Bamberg, Bavaria, the youngest son in a family of five sons and five daughters of Samuel Dreschfeld, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Giedel. His parents were well-respected Orthodox Jews; his father lived until the age of ninety-two, and his mother to ninety-seven. In 1861, after completing his early education at the ...

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Haffkine, Waldemar Mordecai Wolff [formerly Vladimir Aronovitch Chavkin] (1860–1930), zoologist and bacteriologist, born Vladimir Aronovich Chavkin in Odessa, Russia, on 15 March 1860, was the son of Aaron and Rosalie Chavkin (d. c.1866), members of a Jewish merchant family formerly of ...

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Isaacs, Alick (1921–1967), virologist, was born in Glasgow on 17 July 1921, the eldest in the family of three sons and one daughter of Louis Isaacs, shopkeeper, of Glasgow, and his wife, Rosine, daughter of Jacob Lion, leather merchant, of London. His brother ...

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Alick Isaacs (1921–1967) by Walter Bird Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Klein, Edward Emanuel (1844–1925), histologist and bacteriologist, was born on 31 October 1844 in Osijek (Essek), Slavonia, the son of Michael Klein, a tanner of Austrian-Jewish extraction. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Vienna and then worked in the laboratories of the physiologist ...

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Jeremiah Noah Morris (1910–2009) by unknown photographer, c.1970 © London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Morris, Jeremiah Noah [Jerry] (1910–2009), physician and epidemiologist, was born at 3 Belgrave Street, West Derby, Liverpool, on 6 May 1910, the eldest of three sons of Nathan Morris, Hebrew scholar, and his wife, Chaia (Annie), née Moselowsky. His father was a refugee from pogroms in ...

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Neuberger, Michael Samuel (1953–2013), molecular biologist and immunologist, was born on 2 November 1953 at 38 Cheniston Gardens, Kensington, London, the fourth son of Albert Neuberger (1908–1996), a distinguished biochemist, and his Swiss wife, Lilian Ida, née Dreyfus (1912–2007). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Pagel, Walter Traugott Ulrich (1898–1983), medical historian and pathologist, was born on 12 November 1898 in Berlin, the youngest son of five children of Julius Leopold Pagel (1851–1912), an eminent medical historian and physician, and his wife, Marie, née Labaschin (d. 1909)...

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Polak, Dame Julia Margaret (1939–2014), pathologist, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 June 1939, of Jewish parents, Carlos Polak, a judge, and his wife Rebeca Mactas, née Alpersohn (b. 1914), a leading writer. She had a younger brother, Gabriel Federico Polak...

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Sequeira, James Harry (1865–1948), dermatologist specializing in the treatment of venereal diseases, was born on 2 October 1865 at 34 Leman Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of James Scott Sequeira, a surgeon, and his wife, Maria Rosina Rackwitz. His forebears were said to have been physicians for six generations originating in ...