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Bell, Julia (1879–1979), geneticist, was born on 28 January 1879 at Sherwood, Nottinghamshire. She was tenth of the fourteen children of James Bell, printer, and Katherine Thomas Heap. She was educated at Nottingham Girls' High School and in 1898 entered Girton College, Cambridge...

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Lawler [née Corben; other married name Bagshawe], Sylvia Dorothy (1922–1996), human geneticist, was born on 15 January 1922 at 33 St Clement's Road, Bournemouth, the only child of Frederick Norman Corben, owner of a furniture business, and his wife, Dorothy Agnes Gwendolyn, ...

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Sylvia Dorothy Lawler (1922–1996) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macgregor [née McPherson], (Janet) Elizabeth [Betty] (1920–2005), cytologist, was born at 11 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, on 12 January 1920, the daughter of Andrew McPherson (1884–1946), company secretary, and his wife, Jean (Jennie), née Craig (1886–1929). She had an elder brother, Andrew (1917–1940)...

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McLaren, Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea (1927–2007), geneticist, was born on 26 April 1927 at 38 South Street, Mayfair, London, the younger daughter and fourth of five children of Henry Duncan McLaren, second Baron Aberconway (1879–1953), politician and industrialist, and his wife, Christabel Mary Melville, ...

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Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren (1927–2007) by Fiona Hanson, 2004 © PA Photos

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Murray [née Parker], Noreen Elizabeth (1935–2011), geneticist, was born on 26 February 1935 at Latrigg, Whalley Road, Read, near Burnley, Lancashire, the younger child of John Parker, headmaster, and his wife, Lilian Grace, née Sutcliffe. Her grandfathers began as weavers (tacklers) in the cotton industry. Her maternal grandfather, despite leaving school at twelve, remained a scholar: he learned languages, wrote poetry, and was a skilled draughtsman. Her paternal grandfather rose to become manager of a mill and her father was able to go to grammar school and training college. He became headmaster of the village school in ...

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Noreen Elizabeth Murray (1935–2011) by Godfrey Argent Studio, 1985 © The Royal Society