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Ainsworth, Geoffrey Clough (1905–1998), mycologist, was born at 26 South Street, Handsworth, Birmingham, on 9 October 1905, the only son of Percy Clough Ainsworth, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Gertrude (née Fisk). Like many ministers' families they moved around the country, and ...

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Bolton, James (bap. 1735, d. 1799), natural history artist and mycologist, was baptized on 23 November 1735; he was probably born on a farm in the Calder valley, Yorkshire. He was the younger son of a weaver, William Bolton (or Boulton). His elder brother, ...

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Brown, William (1888–1975), mycologist and plant pathologist, was born on 17 February 1888 at Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, the second son and child of Gavin Brown, small farmer and agricultural engineer, and his wife, Margaret Broatch. In 1900 he went to the Annan Academy as a day scholar, obtaining in 1904 a leaving certificate in mathematics, English, Latin, French, and German, and a bursary for ...

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Buller, Arthur Henry Reginald (1874–1944), botanist and mycologist, was born on 19 August 1874 at Moseley, Birmingham, the son of Alban Gardner Buller JP, solicitor, and his wife, Mary Jane Huggins. He was educated at a preparatory school at Moseley, then at Queen's College, Taunton...

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Butler, Sir Edwin John (1874–1943), plant pathologist and mycologist, was born on 13 August 1874 in Kilkee, co. Clare, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Butler, of Suirville, co. Tipperary, resident magistrate, and his wife, Annie Barry. He was educated first in ...

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Cooke, Mordecai Cubitt (1825–1914), naturalist and mycologist, was born on 12 July 1825 at the post office in Horning, Norfolk, the eldest in the family of five sons and three daughters of Mordecai Cooke (1799–1869), village shopkeeper, and his wife, Mary (1803–1885), postmistress and village herbalist, daughter of ...

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B. D. Jackson

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Currey, Frederick (1819–1881), mycologist, was born at Norwood, Surrey, on 4 August 1819, the son of Benjamin Currey (1785/6–1848), solicitor and clerk of parliaments, and his wife Anna (1789/90–1865), daughter of Robert Pott of Bentham Hill, Kent. He was educated at ...

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Dennis, Richard William George (1910–2003), mycologist, was born on 13 July 1910 at 9 Gloucester Road, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, the only son of Samuel William Gallop Dennis, headmaster of the local Church of England school, and his wife, Mabel Kate, née Nash. He was educated at ...

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English, Mary Phyllis (1919–2009), mycologist and historian, was born on 10 April 1919 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, the eldest child of Marcus Claude English (1886–1958), rubber planter, and his wife, Gladys Nellie, née Cubitt (1891–1979). In 1926 she was sent back to England...

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Forster, Benjamin Meggot (1764–1829), mycologist and inventor of scientific instruments, was born in Walbrook, London, on 16 January 1764, the second son of Edward Forster the elder (1730–1812) and his wife, Susanna Furney (d. 1823). His brothers were Thomas Furly Forster (1761–1825)...

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Hussey [née Reed], Anna Maria (1805–1853), mycologist and botanical illustrator, was born at Leckhampstead, Buckinghamshire, on 5 June 1805, the eldest of seven children of John Theodore Archibald Reed (1758/9–1830), curate and later rector of Leckhampstead, and his second wife, Anna Maria, ...

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Ingold, (Cecil) Terence (1905–2010), mycologist and botanist, was born at 27 Waltham Terrace, Blackrock, co. Dublin, on 3 July 1905, the son of Edwin George Ingold, a schools inspector and his wife Gertrude, née Boardman. He attended Bangor grammar school, co. Down, and ...

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Lister, Gulielma (1860–1949), mycologist and naturalist, was born on 28 October 1860 at Sycamore House, 871 High Road, Leytonstone, Essex, one of seven children and the third of four daughters of Arthur Lister (1830–1908), a London wine merchant and naturalist, and his wife, ...

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G. C. Ainsworth

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Ramsbottom, John (1885–1974), mycologist, was born on 25 October 1885 in Manchester, the second of the five children and eldest of four sons of Stephen Ramsbottom, letter carrier in the leather trade, and his wife, Hannah Crosdale. After elementary schooling and four years as a pupil teacher in ...

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Annie Lorrain Smith (1854–1937) by unknown photographer © The Natural History Museum, London

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Smith, Annie Lorrain (1854–1937), mycologist and lichenologist, was born on 23 October 1854 in Everton, Liverpool, a younger daughter of the Revd Walter Smith, minister in the Free Church of Scotland, and his wife, Annie Lorrain, née Brown. The family was large and talented; three sons became university professors....

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Dame Helen Charlotte Isabella Gwynne- Vaughan (1879–1967) by Lafayette, 1929 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vaughan, Dame Helen Charlotte Isabella Gwynne- [née Helen Charlotte Isabella Fraser] (1879–1967), mycologist and women's activist, was born on 21 January 1879, at Chapel Street, Westminster, London, the elder daughter of Captain Arthur H. Fraser (1852–1884), Scots Guards, and his wife, Lucy Jane (1855/6–1939)...