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Maria Emma Gray (1787–1876) by George J. Stodart (after John Ayling) © National Portrait Gallery, London


G. S. Boulger

revised by P. E. Kell

Gray, Maria Emma (1787–1876), conchologist and algologist, was born at the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich, Kent, the daughter of Lieutenant Henry Smith RN, who was then resident there. In 1812 she married Francis Edward Gray, who died two years later; they had two daughters. In 1826 she married her late husband's second cousin, ...