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Edwin Lankester (1814–1874) by Antoine Claudet, c. 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Lankester, Edwin (1814–1874), public health reformer and natural historian, was born on 23 April 1814 at Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. His father, William Lankester (1791–1818), was a builder who died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven leaving his widow, Susan, née Taylor...