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Dawson, George Mercer (1849–1901), geologist and anthropologist, was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, on 1 August 1849, the son of Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899), geologist, and Margaret Ann Young Mercer (b. 1829/30). His father became principal of McGill College in 1855, and the young ...

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Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frazer, Sir James George (1854–1941), social anthropologist and classical scholar, was born in Blythswood Square, Glasgow, on 1 January 1854, the eldest of the four children of Daniel F. Frazer (1821–1900), leading partner in the long-established firm of chemists Frazer and Green, and his wife, ...

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Sir Arthur Keith (1866–1955) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1928 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keith, Sir Arthur (1866–1955), museum curator and palaeoanthropologist, was born on 5 February 1866 at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, the sixth of the ten children of John Keith, a farmer, and his wife, Jessica (Jessie) Macpherson. To prepare for a medical education he went to ...

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Rattray, Robert Sutherland (1881–1938), colonial official and ethnographer, was born on 5 September 1881 in Bahr, Bengal, the fourth child of Arthur Rattray, Indian civil servant, and his wife, Mary Sutherland. A scion of distinguished Anglo-Indian families, he was sent home as a child to ...