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Cawood, Sir Walter (1907–1967), chemist and civil servant, was born on 28 April 1907 in York, the son of Walter Cawood, civil servant, of New Earswick, York, and his wife, Elizabeth McSall, the daughter of a Lincolnshire farmer. He had one sister. He was educated at ...

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Cox, Sir (Ernest) Gordon (1906–1996), crystallographer and public servant, was born on 24 April 1906 at Pretoria House, Southdown, Twerton, Somerset, the son of Ernest Henry Cox (1884–1987), railway clerk and market gardener, and his wife, Rosina, née Ring (1872–1931), the daughter of a chef, who had worked on a farm in ...

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Dainton, Frederick Sydney, Baron Dainton (1914–1997), chemist and public servant, was born on 11 November 1914 at 66 Ranby Road, Sheffield, the youngest of the four children of George Whalley Dainton (1857–1930), stonemason, and his second wife, Mary Jane (1873–1943), a domestic servant, daughter of ...

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King, Alexander [Alex] (1909–2007), chemist, international civil servant, and environmentalist, was born on 26 January 1909 at 5 Battlefield Avenue, Langside, Glasgow, the eldest child of James Mitchell King, a cashier in the Nobel Explosives Company, later a director of ICI, and his wife, ...

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Macadam, John (1827–1865), chemist and politician in Australia, was born at Northbank, near Glasgow, in May 1827, the second son of William Macadam and his wife, Helen Stevenson. After being privately educated in Glasgow, he studied chemistry at the Andersonian Institution (1842–5) and became assistant to ...

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Playfair, Lyon, first Baron Playfair (1818–1898), politician and chemist, was born on 21 May 1818 at either Meerut (Who's Who) or Chunar in Bengal (Reid), second son of eight children of George Playfair (1782–1846), chief inspector-general of hospitals in ...

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Lyon Playfair, first Baron Playfair (1818–1898) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roberts, Lewis Edward John (1922–2012), chemist and public servant, was born at 125 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, on 31 January 1922, the only child of the Revd William Edward Roberts (1889–1933), a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales, and his wife, Lillian Lewis, ...