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Carslaw, Horatio Scott (1870–1954), mathematician, was born on 12 February 1870 at Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the fifth son of William Henderson Carslaw, a Free Church minister, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Lockhead. After an early education at Glasgow Academy he attended Glasgow University...

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William Branwhite Clarke (1798–1878) by William Macleod, 1878? by permission of the National Library of Australia / Sydney Mail supplement

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Clarke, William Branwhite (1798–1878), geologist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 2 June 1798 at East Bergholt, Suffolk, the eldest of the five children of William Clarke (d. 1829), headmaster of the East Bergholt Free School and his wife, Sarah (...

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Farrer, William James (1845–1906), wheat breeder, was born on 3 April 1845 at Docker, near Kendal, Westmorland, the first of the four children of Thomas Farrer, tenant farmer, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1853), daughter of John Brunskill. He was educated at ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Sir David Gill (1843–1914) by unknown photographer © Royal Astronomical Society Library

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F. W. Dyson

revised by Hermann A. Brück

Gill, Sir David (1843–1914), astronomer, was born at 48 Skene Terrace, Aberdeen, on 12 June 1843, the eldest son of David Gill (1789–1878), a watchmaker with a well-established business in Aberdeen, and his wife, Margaret Mitchell (1809–1870). He was educated at Dollar Academy...

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Goad, Charles Edward (1848–1910), cartographer and civil engineer, was born on 15 March 1848 at High Street, Camberwell, Surrey, the second son of Charles Goad, plumber, of London, and his wife, Caroline Ann (née Vogel). He was educated locally and became an associate of arts of the newly created ...

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Ronald Campbell Gunn (1808–1881) by unknown artist Collection Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; © reserved in the photograph

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Gunn, Ronald Campbell (1808–1881), naturalist and colonial official, was born in Cape Town on 4 April 1808, the son of an army officer, William Gunn (d. 1826), and his wife, Margaret, née Wilson (d. 1812). After a period spent as a child on ...

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W. H. Myers

revised by C. Boris Schedvin

Julius, Sir George Alfred (1873–1946), engineer and public servant, was born on 29 April 1873 in Norwich, the eldest son of Churchill Julius (1847–1938), who later became the Anglican archbishop and primate of New Zealand, and his wife, Alice Frances, daughter of Colonel Michael John Rowlandson...

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W. F. Spear

revised by B. K. de Garis

O'Connor, Charles Yelverton (1843–1902), civil engineer, the youngest son of John O'Connor (d. 1863), a landowner, of Gravelmount, Castletown, co. Meath, and (Mary) Elizabeth O'Keefe (d. 1863), the granddaughter of George Yelverton of Belle Isle, Tipperary, and great-niece of Barry Yelverton, ...

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Wilkinson, Charles Smith (1843–1891), geologist, was born at Potterspury, Northamptonshire, on 22 August 1843, the fourth son of David Wilkinson, civil engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Bliss. He early gained enthusiasm for geology from his uncle, a Gloucestershire quarryman. After the family migrated to ...

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E. I. Carlyle

revised by Michael Bevan

Wood, Robert (1621/2–1685), mathematician, born at Peper Harow, near Godalming in Surrey, was the son of Robert Wood (d. 1661), rector of Peper Harow. He was educated at Eton College, and was taught mathematics by William Oughtred at Albury, Surrey. He matriculated from ...