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Bentley, Charlotte Eliza (1915–1996), nurse and nursing activist, was born on 15 December 1915 at 63 Portland Court, Great Portland Street, London, the daughter of John Richard Bentley, hosier, and Charlotte Emma Redard. After education at a Swiss convent school and secretarial training ...

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Chesser, Eustace [formerly Isaac Chesarkie] (1902–1973), psychiatrist and social reformer, was born on 22 March 1902 at 3 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, second son of Arthur Chesarkie, a jeweller, and his wife, Rebecca Solomon, whose families had fled Russian pogroms. He was educated at ...

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Sir George Edward Godber (1908–2009) by Nick Sinclair, 1994 © Nick Sinclair, commissioned by the BMJ

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Godber, Sir George Edward (1908–2009), physician, was born on 4 August 1908 at 18 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, the eldest son in the family of seven children of Isaac Godber (1874–1957), market gardener, and his wife, Bessie Maud, née Chapman (1883/4–1957), florist. A younger brother, ...

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McDougall [née Long], Kate Florence [Kay] (1910–1999), psychiatric social worker, was born on 6 November 1910 at 55 Pantel Road, Camberwell, London, the eldest of the three children of Richard Sylvester Long, brass finisher, and his wife, Kate Adelaide, née Griffin. Both her parents were Londoners, living for many years in ...

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Nichols, Mary Sergeant Gove (1810–1884), campaigner for medical reform and women's rights, was born at Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA, on 10 August 1810, the second daughter and third child of William A. Neal (d. 1845) and Rebecca R. Neal. Her paternal grandfather was Scottish, while her mother's family were Welsh. ...

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Simms [née Zimmermann], (Berta) Madeleine (1930–2011), abortion law reformer and medical sociologist, was born on 6 September 1930 in Darwingasse, Vienna, the only child of Oskar Shaje Zimmermann (1899–1981), businessman, and his wife, Dora, née Lilien (1905–1966). Both parents were of Polish Jewish origin. When ...

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Stobart, Mabel Annie St Clair [née Mabel Annie Boulton; other married name Mabel Annie Stobart Greenhalgh] (1862–1954), medical relief worker and writer, was born at 37 Wood Street, Woolwich, on 3 February 1862, the third daughter of Sir Samuel Bagster Boulton, first baronet...