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Babington, Benjamin Guy (1794–1866), physician and orientalist, the fourth son of the physician and mineralogist William Babington (1756–1833) and his wife, Martha Elizabeth Babington, was born on 5 March 1794 in Guy's Hospital when his father was resident apothecary there. Educated at Charterhouse School...


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Balfour, Francis (1744?–1818), surgeon and orientalist, was born in Edinburgh, the youngest of three sons of Arthur Balfour (1687–1746) of Fernie, Fife. He studied medicine in Edinburgh, graduating MD in 1767 with a dissertation De gonorrhoea virulenta. He entered the East India Company's...


Waddell, Lawrence Augustine (1854–1938), army medical officer and orientalist, was born at Cumbernauld, Dunbartonshire, on 29 May 1854, the son of Thomas Clement Waddell DD, schoolmaster and author, and his wife, Jean, youngest daughter of John Chapman, of Banton, Stirlingshire. At an unknown date his second forename changed to ...