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Ball, John (1818–1889), glaciologist and politician, was born in Dublin on 20 August 1818, the eldest child of Nicholas Ball (1791–1865), judge and politician, and his wife, Jane (née Sherlock) of Butlerstown Castle in co. Waterford. Until the age of eleven he received little formal education, but from his earliest years he displayed a precocious interest in science. In his seventh year he was taken to ...

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Britten, James (1846–1924), botanist and Roman Catholic propagandist, was born on 3 May 1846 at 18 Shawfield Street, Chelsea, London, the son of James Alexander Britten, bookseller, and his wife, Mary Ann (née Shepard). His father was a prominent active member of the local community, and ...

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Brunel, Sir (Marc) Isambard (1769–1849), civil engineer, was born on 25 April 1769 at Hacqueville on the direct road from Paris to Rouen in Normandy, where his family had farmed for more than three hundred years. He was the second son of Jean Charles Brunel...

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Cavallo, Tiberius (1749–1809), natural philosopher, was born on 30 March 1749 in Naples, the son of a physician in the same city. Nothing further is known of his parents or childhood. On 4 July 1804 he obtained the royal licence to reside in any part of the British kingdom, '...

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H. P. Hollis

revised by M. T. Brück

Clerke, Agnes Mary (1842–1907), writer on astronomy, born at Skibbereen, co. Cork, on 10 February 1842, was the younger daughter of John William Clerke (1814–1890), and his wife, Catherine (1818–1897), daughter of Rickard Deasy of Clonakilty, co. Cork, and sister of Rickard Deasy...

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Dee, John (1527–1609), mathematician, astrologer, and antiquary, was born on 13 July 1527 in London, the only child of Rowland Dee and his wife, Joan or Joanna (1508/9–1580), daughter of William Wild.

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Digby, Sir Kenelm (1603–1665), natural philosopher and courtier, was born on 11 July 1603 at Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire, the elder son of Sir Everard Digby (c. 1578–1606), later executed for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, and his wife, Mary (c.1581–1653), only daughter and heir of ...

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Englefield, Sir Henry Charles, seventh baronet (c. 1752–1822), antiquary and writer on science, was the eldest of the five children of Sir Henry Englefield, sixth baronet (1715–1780), landowner, and his second wife, Catharine Buck (1725–1805), daughter of Sir Charles Buck, third baronet. A member of a long-established family of Catholic gentry, he is said to have been educated at one of the English Catholic colleges abroad, possibly ...

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Ferranti, Sebastian Ziani de (1864–1930), electrical engineer and inventor, was born on 9 April 1864 at Havelock Buildings, Liverpool, the only son of Cesar Ziani de Ferranti (1831–1903), photographer, and his wife, Juliana, a talented concert pianist and daughter of the portrait painter ...

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Grosseteste, Robert (c. 1170–1253), scientist, theologian, and bishop of Lincoln, combined a very humble origin with torrential energy, great ability, and a rarely paralleled breadth of intellectual interests. His career followed no ordinary pattern, and can be divided into five distinct periods.

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Ingen-Housz [Ingenhousz], Jan (1730–1799), physician and natural philosopher, was born on 8 December 1730 at Breda, the Netherlands, the second son of Arnoldus Ingen-Housz, an affluent leather merchant, and his wife, Maria Beckers. After qualifying as a physician at the University of Louvain...

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Koch, Ludwig Karl (1881–1974), broadcaster and sound recordist, was born on 13 November 1881 at Eschersheimer Landstrasse 20, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the second of the three children of Karl Theodor Koch, businessman, and his wife, Auguste Hess. Ludwig Koch's parents, both of whom were Jews, were enthusiastic music-lovers who introduced him into ...

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Mivart, St George Jackson (1827–1900), zoologist and Roman Catholic polemicist, was born on 30 November 1827, at the family hotel in Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, London, the fourth child of James Edward Mivart (1781–1856), hotelier, and Caroline Georgina Cunningham. His education at Clapham grammar school...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Mulhall, Michael George (1836–1900), journalist and statistician, was born on 29 September 1836 at 100 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, the third son of Edward Thomas Mulhall (1803–1865), solicitor, and his wife, Catherine née Flood (1832–1899). He was educated for the priesthood at the ...

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Parke, Mary Winifred (1908–1989), marine botanist, was born on 23 March 1908 in Bootle, Liverpool, second of the six children of William Aloysius Parke (1873–1925), partner in a company operating barges, and his wife, Mary Magdalene (1879–1968). She was educated at the Notre Dame Convent, Everton Valley, Liverpool...

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A. M. Clerke

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Perry, Stephen Joseph (1833–1889), astronomer, was born on 26 August 1833 in London, the son of Stephen Perry, a steel pen-nib manufacturer of Red Lion Square, Holborn. As an infant he was seriously ill with inflammation of the brain, and his mother died when he was seven. He was educated by the Benedictines, first at ...

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Perutz, Max Ferdinand (1914–2002), chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 19 May 1914 in Vienna, the only son of Hugo Perutz, textile industrialist, and his wife, Adèle. He was educated at Vienna's Theresianum after which he elected to study organic and inorganic chemistry at the ...

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Ripley, George (d. c. 1490), alchemist and Augustinian canon, is of obscure origins. According to his own account, given at the end of his Medulla philosophiae chemicae, he was descended from a gentry family, with branches in Lincolnshire and north Yorkshire. His family was well represented in the vicinity of ...

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Salisbury [formerly Markham], Richard Anthony (1761–1829), botanist and horticulturist, was born in Leeds on 2 May 1761, the only son (there were also two daughters) of Richard Markham, a Leeds cloth merchant. His mother was descended from Jonathan Laycock of Shaw Hill...