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Auerbach, Charlotte [Lotte] (1899–1994), geneticist, was born on 14 May 1899 at Krefeld, Germany, the only child of Friedrich (Fritz) Auerbach (1870–1925), public health chemist in Berlin, and his wife, Selma, née Sachs (d. 1955), daughter of a general practitioner from Jauer...

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Casselton [née Smith], Lorna Ann (1938–2014), fungal geneticist, was born on 18 July 1938 at Southend Municipal Hospital, Rochford, Essex, the daughter of William Charles Henry Smith and his wife Cecille, née Bowman. At the time of her birth her parents lived at ...

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Hunt [née Carroll], Ann Mercy (1938–2014), medical researcher and campaigner, was born on 25 October 1938 at the Victoria Memorial Hospital, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, the daughter of Lawrence William Carroll (1908–1970) and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, née Randall (1911–1990...

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Lyon, Mary Frances (1925–2014), geneticist, was born on 15 May 1925 at the Maternity Home, 3 Aspland Road, Norwich, the oldest child of Clifford James Lyon (1896–1963), tax office clerk, and his wife, Louise Frances, née Kirby (1893–1986). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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

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

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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 ...