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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blair, William (1766–1822), surgeon, youngest son of William Blair, surgeon, and Ann Gideon, his wife, was born at Lavenham in Suffolk on 28 January 1766. Educated for the church Blair changed direction to study under John Pearson, surgeon, of Golden Square, London. In 1788 he passed the diploma for membership of the ...

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Charnley, Sir John (1911–1982), orthopaedic surgeon, was born on 29 August 1911 in Bury, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Arthur Walter Charnley, pharmacist, and his wife, Lily (née Hodgson), a nurse. He was educated at Bury grammar school...

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Cullingworth, Charles James (1841–1908), gynaecologist and obstetrician, son of Griffith Cullingworth (d. 1860), bookseller, and his wife, Sarah Gledhill, was born on 3 June 1841 at 23 Commercial Street, Leeds. He was educated at Wesley College in Sheffield before joining the family business, but after his father's death he entered the ...

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Hey, William (1736–1819), surgeon, was born on 23 August 1736, in the village of Pudsey, near Leeds, Yorkshire, the fourth of the eight children of Richard Hey, drysalter (d. 1766), and his wife, Mary (1702–1768), daughter of Jacob Simpson, a surgeon apothecary. ...

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Mantell, Gideon Algernon (1790–1852), surgeon and geologist, was born on 3 February 1790 at his family's home in St Mary's Lane, Lewes, Sussex, a middle child among the eight of Thomas Mantell (1750–1807), a shoemaker, and his wife, Sarah Austen (1755–1828), originally from ...

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Pask, Edgar Alexander (1912–1966), anaesthetist, was born on 4 September 1912 at 188 Kedleston Road, Derby, the second son of Percy Pask (1880–1957), fruit importer, and his wife, Mary (1885–1952), daughter of Alexander Speedie of St Marks, Isle of Man, and his wife, ...

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