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Adams, William Grylls (1836–1915), scientist and university teacher, was born on 10 February 1836 at Lidcot, Laneast, Cornwall, the youngest son of the four sons and three daughters of Thomas Adams (1788–1859), small estate owner and farmer, and his wife, Tabitha Knill Grylls (1796–1866)...

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Adrain, Robert (1775–1843), mathematician and university teacher, was born on 30 September 1775 in Carrickfergus, Ireland, the eldest of five children. His father, a teacher and maker of mathematical instruments, had emigrated from France, and his mother was of Scottish descent. Both of ...

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H. T. Wood

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Bachhoffner, George Henry (1810–1879), scientific lecturer, was born in London on 13 April 1810, the son of Andrew John Bachhoffner and his wife, Shepherdess Jane. He studied at the University of Giessen where he graduated MA and PhD. On 22 July 1834, in ...

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Harold Everard Monteagle Barlow (1899–1989) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barlow, Harold Everard Monteagle (1899–1989), electrical engineer, was born on 15 November 1899 at 45 Balfour Road, Islington, London, the second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Leonard Barlow, professional electrical engineer, and his wife, Katharine Monteagle, of ...

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Bentham, Edward (1707–1776), university professor, fifth son of the Revd Samuel Bentham (c.1681–1733), a minor canon of Ely, and his wife, Philippa Willen (c.1681–1747), was born in the college at Ely on 23 July 1707, and baptized in the cathedral on 21 August 1707. After singing as a chorister at ...

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Blyth, James (1839–1906), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born on 4 April 1839 at Marykirk in Kincardineshire, near Montrose (Forfarshire), the son of John Blyth (1793/4–1874), an innkeeper and small farmer, and his wife, Catherine (1802/3–1884), daughter of John Grant, militia officer; his parents were both originally from ...

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James Blyth (1839–1906) by E. J. Mills, 1901 by permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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Chevallier, Temple (1794–1873), Church of England clergyman and university teacher, was born on 19 October 1794 at Badingham, Suffolk, the youngest son of the Revd Temple Chevallier. He was educated at home, then at the grammar schools of Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich...

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Copland, Patrick (1748–1822), natural philosopher and university teacher, was born early in 1748 in the parish of Fintray, Aberdeenshire, and baptized there on 22 March 1748. He was the first of three children and the only son of Samuel Copland (c.1716–1795)...

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John Westby-Gibson

revised by Patrick Bullard

Duncan, William (1717–1760), natural philosopher and classicist, elder son of William Duncan, an Aberdeen tradesman, and his wife, Euphemia Kirkwood, daughter of a wealthy farmer in Haddingtonshire, was born in Aberdeen in July 1717. He had several sisters and a younger brother, John...

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Eyre, Brian Leonard (1933–2014), metallurgist and scientific administrator, was born at Plaistow Maternity Hospital, 26 Howards Road, Plaistow, London, on 29 November 1933, the son of Leonard George Eyre (1909–1988), house painter, and his wife, Mabel, née Rumsey (1909–1983), a skilled dressmaker. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Feather, Norman (1904–1978), nuclear physicist, was born in the schoolhouse at Pecket Well, Yorkshire, on 16 November 1904, the eldest of the family of two sons and one daughter of Samson Feather, later headmaster of Holme primary school on Spalding Moor in the ...

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J. T. MacGregor-Morris

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Fleming, Sir (John) Ambrose (1849–1945), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born at a house named Greenfield, in Lancaster, on 29 November 1849, eldest of the seven children of James Fleming DD (d. 1879), a Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Ann...

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Sir (John) Ambrose Fleming (1849–1945) by unknown photographer, 1934 Science Museum / Heritage Images

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Gordon, Lewis Dunbar Brodie (1815–1876), civil engineer and university teacher, was born on 6 March 1815 in Edinburgh, the fourth son of Joseph Gordon (c.1786–1855) of Carroll in Sutherland, writer to the signet, and his wife, Anne (b. 1786/7), daughter of ...

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Lewis Dunbar Brodie Gordon (1815–1876) by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Haldane (1772–1854) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haldane, Robert (1772–1854), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 27 January 1772 at Overton (‘the big farm’) in the parish of Lecropt, Perthshire, the eldest son of John Haldane, farmer, and his wife, Margaret Kinross. He was educated at a school in ...

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Harmer, Sir Sidney Frederic (1862–1950), zoologist, was born in Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk, on 9 March 1862, the second son among the five children of Frederic William Harmer, wool merchant and manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Young Lyon. He was educated at Amersham Hall, Reading...