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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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Donnelly, Sir John Fretcheville Dykes (1834–1902), army officer and promoter of scientific education, born in the Bay of Bombay on 2 July 1834, was the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Donnelly (1802–1881), deputy adjutant-general of the Bombay army, and from 1851 staff captain and afterwards staff officer at the ...

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Farish, William (1758–1837), chemistry teacher, was born in Carlisle, where he was baptized on 21 April 1758, the fourth of ten children of James Farish (1712–1793), vicar of Stanwix, Carlisle, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Gilpin (1726–1805/6). After a few months at ...

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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...

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Holmyard, Eric John (1891–1959), teacher and historian of science, was born at Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on 11 July 1891, the son of Isaac Berrow Holmyard, a teacher in a national school, and his wife, Alice Cheshire. His early life was spent in Somerset...

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Lafont, Eugene (1837–1908), teacher of science in Bengal, was born on 26 March 1837 at Mons, Belgium, the son of Pierre Lafont, an army officer, and his wife, Mari Soudar. Educated at St Barbara's College, Ghent, he joined the Society of Jesus in December 1854. After preliminary training offered by the order he studied philosophy and natural science at ...

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Lowndes, Ashley Gordon (1885–1956), biologist and schoolteacher, was born at Cainscross Villa, Cainscross, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, on 9 October 1885, the third son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Robert Baxter Lowndes, solicitor, and his wife, Marian, née Whitaker. Privately educated, he moved to ...

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McKillop [née Seward], Margaret (1864–1929), scientist and university teacher, was born on 22 January 1864 at 23 Church Street, Wigan, Lancashire, the daughter of James Seward, a schoolmaster at the Liverpool Institute, and his wife, Sarah Jane Woodgates. She was educated at ...

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Norman, Sir Richard Oswald Chandler (1932–1993), chemist, was born on 27 April 1932 in Norbury, London, the only child of Oswald George Norman (1890–1941), bank manager, and his wife, Violet Maud, née Chandler (1901–1981). He was educated at Durston House preparatory school in ...

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Sutton, Leslie Ernest (1906–1992), chemist, was born on 22 June 1906 at 48 Newry Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, the only son of Edgar Sutton (1880–1972), a railway clerk, and his wife, Margaret Lilian Winifred, née Heard (1880–1965). The family later moved to 9 Southsea Avenue, Watford...

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Tate, (Alexander) Norman (1837–1892), analytical chemist and teacher of science, was born on 24 February 1837 at Wells, Somerset, the son of James Tate, an alderman, and his wife, Emma Norman. He was educated at the cathedral grammar school and in 1857, after practising pharmacy for a time, he began studying chemistry in the laboratory of ...

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Tomlinson, Charles (1808–1897), science teacher and writer, was born on 27 November 1808 in Tottenham, Middlesex, the younger son of Charles Tomlinson. His father sought to better his condition by enlisting in 1810 but, after serving in Holland, died on the way to ...

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Williams, William Mattieu (1820–1892), science teacher and industrial chemist, was born on 6 February 1820 in London, where he was baptized at St Giles in the Fields on 23 April 1820, the son of Abraham Williams (1787/8–1821), a Welsh fishmonger working in ...