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Beecham, Sir Joseph, first baronet (1848–1916), manufacturer of patent medicines, was born at Wigan on 8 June 1848. He was the eldest of the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Beecham (1820–1907), founder of Beecham's pills, and his first wife, ...

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Holloway, Thomas (1800–1883), manufacturer of patent medicines and philanthropist, was born on 22 September 1800 at Devonport, the eldest of six children and elder of two sons of Thomas Holloway (d. 1836), a baker formerly in the Royal Navy, and his wife, ...

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James, Robert (bap. 1703, d. 1776), physician and inventor of James's fever powder, was baptized on 23 August 1703 at Shenstone, Staffordshire, the son of Edward James of Kinvaston, a major in the army, and his wife, Frances Clarke of Stafford. He was educated at ...

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Jephcott, Sir Harry, first baronet (1891–1978), pharmaceutical industrialist, was born on 15 January 1891 at Tardebigge, near Redditch, Worcestershire, youngest of the five children and three sons of John Josiah Jephcott (1853–1929), train driver and former miner, and his wife, Helen (1849–1930), daughter of ...

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Maplethorpe, Cyril Wheatley (1898–1983), pharmaceutical manufacturer, was born on 20 April 1898 at 68 Balfour Street, Drypool, Kingston upon Hull, the son of Jack Maplethorpe, a police constable, and his wife, Emeline Annie, née Vesiter. He was educated at Hymers College, Hull, where he held a scholarship, before going on to study pharmacy at ...

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Morison, James (1770–1840), pill manufacturer, was born on 3 March 1770 at Bognie, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of four sons (there were no daughters) of Alexander Morison, laird of Bognie, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of John Duff of Culbin, Moray, and great-granddaughter of ...

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Ward, Joshua (1684/5–1761), medical practitioner and inventor of medicines, was the son of William Ward, owner of an alum works, of Guisborough, Cleveland. He had at least two brothers, one being the wealthy and dishonest businessman and MP John Ward of Hackney (...