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Brenchley, Winifred Elsie (1883–1953), agricultural botanist, was born on 10 August 1883 in London, the only child of William Brenchley, a Camberwell schoolmaster who was once mayor of the borough, and Elizabeth Beckett. She was educated at James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

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Ernest Clarke

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Gilbert, Sir Joseph Henry (1817–1901), agricultural chemist, was born on 1 August 1817, in Hull, Yorkshire, one of the seven children of Joseph Gilbert, Congregationalist minister, and his wife, Ann Gilbert, known as Ann Taylor (1782–1866) [see under Taylor, Jane], a successful children's writer. In 1825 the family moved to ...

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Howard, Sir Albert (1873–1947), agricultural botanist, was born on 8 December 1873 at Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, the fourth child of Richard Howard (bap. 1833, d. 1893), farmer, and his wife, Ann Kilvert. As a child Howard worked on the family farm, an experience which affected his later attitude to agricultural science, making him critical of what he termed '...

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Sir (Edward) John Russell (1872–1965) by Howard Coster, c. 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Russell, Sir (Edward) John (1872–1965), agricultural scientist, was born on 31 October 1872 in Frampton-on-Severn, the eldest of the nine children of Edward Thomas Russell and his wife, Clara Angel, daughter of Captain Samuel Hallet. His maternal grandfather owned barges and had a wharf in ...

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Charles Potter

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Tattersfield, Frederick (1881–1959), agricultural chemist, was born on 23 April 1881 at Kilpin Hill near Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the third son of Frederick Tattersfield, woollen manufacturer, and his wife, Frances Mary Walker. He was educated at the Wheelwright Grammar School, Dewsbury, and the University of Leeds...

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Voelcker, (John Christopher) Augustus (1822–1884), agricultural chemist, was born on 24 September 1822 at Frankfurt am Main, the fifth son (in a family of seven sons and one daughter) of Frederick Adolphus Voelcker, a Frankfurt merchant. His father died in 1833 and early ill health postponed the commencement of his formal schooling until the age of twelve. However, with the energy which ...

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Warington, Robert (1838–1907), agricultural chemist, was born at 22 Princes Street, Spitalfields, London, on 22 August 1838, eldest son and second child of Robert Warington (1807–1867), one of the founders of the Chemical Society, and Elizabeth Jackson. Four years later his father was appointed chemical operator and resident director to the ...