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Thomas Richard Allinson (1858–1918) by Ray, pubd 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allinson, Thomas Richard (1858–1918), dietitian and businessman, was born at 43 Rumford Street, Hulme, Lancashire, on 29 March 1858, the son of Thomas Allinson, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Ellen (formerly Sims). He left school at fifteen and, aiming to be a doctor, he subsidized his studies by becoming a chemist's assistant. In 1879 he graduated LRCP (...

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Robert Harrison

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Banting, William (1796/7–1878), writer on diet, was a funeral director in St James's Street, London. He may have been the William Banting, son of Thomas Banting and his wife, Ann, who was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, in December 1796. On 20 January 1818 he married at ...

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Cuthbertson, Sir David Paton (1900–1989), medical researcher and nutritionist, was born on 9 May 1900 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the only child of John Cuthbertson MBE FRSE, secretary of the West of Scotland Agricultural College, and his wife, Lilias Ann Bowman, formerly matron of ...

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Drummond, Sir Jack Cecil (1891–1952), nutritional biochemist, was born at Leicester on 12 January 1891, the only child of John Drummond, a retired major of the Royal Horse Artillery, who died the following June. He was brought up by his aunt and her husband, ...

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John Lawson Johnston (1839–1900) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, John Lawson (1839–1900), nutrition promoter and food manufacturer, was born in Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland, on 28 September 1839, the eldest son of William Johnston and his wife, Jane, née McWilliam. His father was employed in the nearby gunpowder works until he was injured, after which he worked as a cobbler. ...

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Kodicek, Egon Hynek (1908–1982), biochemist and nutritionist, was born on 3 August 1908 in Kamenny Ujezd, Bohemia, the son of Emma and Samuel Kodicek. In 1915 his father, a doctor, moved with the family to Budweis, as medical chief of the military hospital there. ...

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McCarrison, Sir Robert (1878–1960), army medical officer and nutritional physiologist, was born in Portadown, co. Armagh, on 15 March 1878, the second son of Robert McCarrison, a flax buyer, and his wife, Agnes McCullagh. He received his medical education at Queen's College, Belfast...

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Mottram, Vernon Henry (1882–1976), physiologist and nutritionist, was born at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on 14 March 1882, the youngest of three sons of William Mottram, a Congregational minister, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fruen, a schoolmistress. The family also included two sisters and a half-brother. ...

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John Boyd Orr, Baron Boyd Orr (1880–1971) by Lida Moser, 1949 courtesy Vincent Cianni Photographs / Lida Moser

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Orr, John Boyd, Baron Boyd Orr (1880–1971), nutritional physiologist, was born on 23 September 1880 at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, the middle child in the family of seven (a sister and two brothers were older and two brothers and a sister younger) of Robert Clark Orr...

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Sinclair, Hugh Macdonald (1910–1990), nutritionist, was born on 4 February 1910 at Duddingston House, Edinburgh, the second son and youngest of four children of Colonel Hugh Montgomerie Sinclair, of the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Rosalie Sybil, daughter of Sir John Jackson, civil engineer and MP. He was educated at ...

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Waterlow, John Conrad (1916–2010), physiologist and nutritionist, was born on 13 June 1916 at 41 Victoria Road, Norwood, London, the only son and second of three children of Sir Sydney Philip Waterlow (1878–1944), diplomat, and his wife, (Helen) Margery, née Eckhard (1884–1973). The ...

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Wright, Sir Norman Charles (1900–1970), agricultural and nutritional scientist, was born in Reading on 19 February 1900, the second son of the Revd Francis Henry Wright, registrar of the University of Reading, and his second wife, Agnes Mary Dunkley. He was educated at ...

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Yudkin, John (1910–1995), nutritionist, was born on 6 August 1910 at 143 Sandringham Road, Dalston, London, the son of Lewis, otherwise Louis, Yudkin (1876–1917), furrier, and his wife Sarah, née Itkin (1882/3–1955), both Russian Jewish immigrants. He was originally named ...