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Crookes, Sir William (1832–1919), chemist and science journalist, was born on 17 June 1832 at 143 Regent Street, London, the eldest son of the sixteen children of Joseph Crookes (1792–1884), a tailor from Yorkshire, and his second wife, Mary Scott of Aynhoe, Northamptonshire...

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Gray, Edward Whitaker (1748–1806), physician and museum curator, was born on 21 March 1748, probably in London, the second son of Samuel Gray (bap. 1693?, d. 1766), seedsman, and his wife, Juliana, née Kelly (d. 1774). An older brother, Samuel Gray (1739–1771)...

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Harris, John (c. 1666–1719), writer and lecturer on science, was reportedly the son of Edward Harris, or possibly Fitzharris (c.1648–1681), an army lieutenant. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, as a scholar in 1683, and graduated BA in 1686 and MA at ...

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Heydon, John (b. 1629, d. in or after 1670), writer on astrology and alchemy, and occultist, was born on 10 September 1629 in Green Arbour, London, the son of Francis Heydon of Sidmouth, Devon, and Mary Chandler of Worcestershire. He was the grandson of ...

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Lardner, Dionysius (1793–1859), writer on science and public lecturer, was born on 3 April 1793 in Dublin, the son of William Lardner (d. 1808), a solicitor.

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Lockyer, Sir Joseph Norman (1836–1920), astronomer and journal editor, was born on 17 May 1836 at Rugby, the only son of Joseph Hooley Lockyer, surgeon-apothecary, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Edward Norman, squire of Cosford, Warwickshire. He was educated at private schools in ...

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Lubbock, John, first Baron Avebury (1834–1913), banker, politician, and scientific writer, was born on 30 April 1834 at 29 Eaton Place, London, the eldest of eleven children of Sir John William Lubbock, third baronet (1803–1865), and his wife, Harriet Hotham (d. 1873)...

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Merret [Merrett], Christopher (1614–1695), physician and writer on natural philosophy, was born at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, on 16 February 1614, the son of a non-gentry father of the same name, who was at some time involved in a tobacco growing project in the west midlands. On entering ...

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Thornton, Robert John (1767–1837), physician and writer on botany, was born on 17 July 1767, probably in London, where he was baptized at St James, Westminster on 13 August 1767, the youngest of the two sons and a daughter of the writer Bonnell Thornton (1725–1768)...

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Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science, was born on 24 May 1794 at Brock Street, Lancaster, the eldest of seven children of John Whewell, master carpenter, and his wife, Elizabeth Bennison.