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Adams, Sir John Bertram (1920–1984), physicist and scientific administrator, was born on 24 May 1920 at 105 Canbury Park Road, Kingston, Surrey, the only son and younger child of John Albert Adams (c.1890–c.1964) and his wife, Sarah Ethel Emily Searles (1890–...

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Allen, Edgar Johnson (1866–1942), marine zoologist and scientific administrator, was born on 6 April 1866 at 6 Havelock Terrace, Preston, Lancashire, the son of the Revd Richard Allen, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Emma Johnson, daughter of a Bideford shipbuilder. They had three daughters and five sons, of whom ...

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Beverton, Raymond John Heaphy (1922–1995), biologist and scientific administrator, was born Raymond John Heaphy Bareham on 29 August 1922 at 5 Forest Glade, Leytonstone, east London, the only child of Edgar John Bareham (1882–1968), commercial artist, and his wife, Dorothy Sybil Mary Heaphy (1891–1982)...

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Blagden, Sir Charles (bap. 1748, d. 1820), physician and secretary of the Royal Society, was born at Wotton under Edge in Gloucestershire, where he was baptized on 19 April 1748, a younger son of John Blagden (1715–1750) and Elizabeth Phelps (1716–1784). His family was involved in various ways in the local textile industry. His early education is obscure but he studied medicine at the ...

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Bondi, Sir Hermann (1919–2005), applied mathematician and scientific administrator, was born on 1 November 1919 in Vienna, Austria, the son of Samuel Bondi (d. 1959), a doctor and heart specialist with a deep interest in science, and his wife, Helene, née Hirsch (...

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William Brouncker, second Viscount Brouncker of Lyons (1620–1684) by Sir Peter Lely, c. 1674 © Royal Society

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Brouncker, William, second Viscount Brouncker of Lyons (1620–1684), mathematician and first president of the Royal Society of London, was born at Newcastle Lyons, co. Dublin in 1620, probably in April, the eldest son of Sir William Brouncker (1585–1645), gentleman of the privy chamber to ...

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Samuel Hunter Christie (1784–1865) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Christie, Samuel Hunter (1784–1865), experimental philosopher and scientific administrator, was born on 22 March 1784, the son of James Christie (c.1739–1825), tailor, and his wife, Sarah Margaret Pomroy (c.1737–1813). From a very early age Christie displayed great mathematical ability, and he was first educated at the school in ...

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Collins, John (1626–1683), mathematician and scientific administrator, was born on 5 March 1626 at Wood Eaton near Oxford, the son of a poor nonconformist minister. Though not allowed to preach in church, Collins's father was permitted to do so in prisons, and he added to his small income by proof-reading for a publisher. Nevertheless, his financial situation did not allow him to provide for the higher education of his son....

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Crowther, James Gerald (1899–1983), science journalist and administrator, was born at 6 Westfield, Hipperholme, Halifax, Yorkshire, on 26 September 1899, the second child and first son of James Crowther (b. 1866), principal of a technical school, and his wife, Alice, née Ainscow (...

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Dunham, Sir Kingsley Charles (1910–2001), geologist and scientific administrator, was born on 2 January 1910 in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, the only son of Ernest Pedder Dunham, estate clerk, and his wife, Edith Agnes, née Humphreys. From 1913 he spent his boyhood in Brancepeth, co. Durham...

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Dunstan, Sir Wyndham Rowland (1861–1949), chemist and director of the Imperial Institute, was born at Chester on 24 May 1861, the elder son of John Dunstan, constable and governor of Chester Castle, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of (Philip) Cipriani Hambley Potter, principal of the ...

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Ellis, Sir Charles Drummond (1895–1980), physicist and scientific administrator, was born on 11 August 1895 in Hampstead, London, the son of Abraham Charles Ellis, a general manager of the Metropolitan Railway, London, and his wife, Isabelle Flockart Carswell. From Peterborough Lodge Preparatory School...

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Davies Gilbert (1767–1839) by Thomas Phillips, 1833 © Royal Society

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Gilbert [formerly Giddy], Davies (1767–1839), scientific administrator and applied mathematician, was born on 6 March 1767 at St Erth, Cornwall, as Davies Giddy, the son of Edward Giddy (1734–1814), curate, and Catherine (1728–1803), daughter and heir of John Davies of Tredrea, St Erth...

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Goodeve, Sir Charles Frederick (1904–1980), chemist and research administrator, was born on 21 February 1904 in Neepawa, Canada, the third of five children and the eldest of three sons of Frederick William Goodeve, an Anglican priest, and his wife, Emma Hand. When he was ten the family moved to ...

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Heath, Sir (Henry) Frank (1863–1946), academic and scientific administrator, was born on 11 December 1863 at 153 Regent Street, Westminster, London, the eldest son of Henry Charles Heath (1829–1898) [see under Heath family], miniature portrait painter to Queen Victoria and a prolific exhibitor at the ...

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Sir James Hector (1834–1907) by unknown photographer, 1860s [Left to right] Captain John Palliser (1817-1887) and ] Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta (NA 588-1)

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Hector, Sir James (1834–1907), colonial geologist and geological administrator, was born on 16 March 1834 in Edinburgh, the eldest son of Alexander Hector, lawyer and writer to the signet, and his second wife, Margaret Macrostie. He was educated at the Academy and at the high school in ...