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Benest, Cleone de Heveningham [pseud. C. Griff] (1880–1963), motorist, engineer, and metallurgist, was born at 40 Hampton Road, Forest Gate, London, on 13 June 1880, the only child of George Philip Benest (1853–1930?), house proprietor, and his wife Edith Maria, ...

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Blackwell [née Blachrie], Elizabeth (bap. 1707, d. 1758), botanical author and artist, was baptized on 22 June 1707 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen, the sixth daughter of a prosperous stocking merchant, William Blachrie (b. c.1669) and his wife, Isobel Fordyce. Elizabeth...

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Bodington [née Brooke], Alice (1840–1897), popularizer of science, was born in Rome, Italy, on 22 May 1840, the daughter and only child of Francis Capper Brooke (1810–1886), captain in the Grenadier Guards and landowner, and his first wife, Juliana Jemima...

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Margaret Bryan (fl. 1795–1816) by William Nutter, pubd 1797 (after Samuel Shelley, 1797) [with her daughters] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bryan, Margaret (fl. 1795–1816), educator and writer on natural philosophy, was a noted early example of a woman teaching natural science to other women. Little is known about her life; such information as is available comes from her own writings. She was married to a ...

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Buckley [married name Fisher], Arabella Burton (1840–1929), popularizer of science and writer, was born on 24 October 1840 in Brighton, the daughter of John Wall Buckley, vicar of St Mary's, Paddington Green, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1889), daughter of Thomas Burton...

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Bury [née Falkner], Priscilla Susan (1799–1872), botanical artist, was born on 12 January 1799 in Rainhill, Lancashire, the daughter of Edward Dean Falkner (1750–1825), a wealthy Liverpool trader, who had been high sheriff of Lancashire in 1788, and his wife, Bridgett Tarleton (...

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Agnes Mary Clerke (1842–1907) by Hayman Selig Mendelssohn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. P. Hollis

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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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Gatty [née Scott], Margaret (1809–1873), writer on natural history and children's writer, was born on 3 June 1809 in Burnham, Essex, the second daughter of the Revd Alexander John Scott (1768–1840) and his wife, Mary Frances Ryder (1785–1811). Her father, a linguist and scholar, had been chaplain to ...

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See Hall, (Alfred) Rupert

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Jacson, Maria Elizabetha (1755–1829), writer on botany, was born at Bebington, Cheshire, the daughter of the Revd Simon Jacson and Anne Fitzherbert. Her family had held land and clerical livings in Cheshire and Derbyshire since the early seventeenth century; Maria grew up in the rectory at ...

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Kirby [married name Gregg], Mary (1817–1893), writer on natural history, was the second of five children of John Kirby (d. 1848), a prosperous Leicester hosiery manufacturer, and Sarah Bentley, an invalid whose death in 1835 left Mary and her elder sister in charge of the household. Religion and education were family priorities; ...

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Phebe Lankester (1825–1900) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1895 Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries

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Lankester [née Pope], Phebe [pseud. Penelope] (1825–1900), writer on botany and health, was born on 10 April 1825 in Manchester, the eldest daughter of Samuel Pope, a former mill owner, and his wife, Phebe, née Rushton. She grew up in middle-class ...

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Jane Loudon (1807–1858) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Loudon [née Webb], Jane (1807–1858), writer on botany and magazine editor, was born on 19 August 1807 at Ritwell House, near Birmingham. Her mother died when she was twelve, and her father, Thomas Webb, a businessman, suffered financial reverses a few years later. Little is known of ...

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Marcet, Jane Haldimand (1769–1858), writer on science and political economy, was born in London, one of twelve children and only surviving daughter of the Swiss merchant and banker Anthony Francis Haldimand (1740/41–1817) and his wife, Jane (d. 1785). She was baptized on 23 June 1769. The ...

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Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858) by unknown engraver Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library

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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 ...