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Sophia Louisa Jex- Blake (1840–1912) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blake, Sophia Louisa Jex- (1840–1912), physician and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 21 January 1840 at 3 Croft Place, Hastings, Sussex. She was the youngest of the three surviving children of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868), proctor of Doctors' Commons, and his wife, ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Cockayne, Dame Elizabeth (1894–1988), nursing administrator and teacher, was born on 29 October 1894 in Burton upon Trent, the youngest in the family of two daughters and three sons of William Cockayne, brewer's traveller and licensed victualler, and his wife, Alice Bailey. One of her brothers was killed in the First World War, the second died of tuberculosis, and the third died in 1943. Her father died when she was five. These distressing experiences sharpened ...

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Collins, Sheila Margaret (1921–2009), nurse and educationist, was born on 28 August 1921 at 6 Hillcrest Road, Tywyn, near Conwy, Caernarvonshire, the younger daughter of John Collins, assurance superintendent, and his wife, Mary, née Deehan. Her father was from co. Galway, her mother from ...

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Fowler, Lydia Folger (1822–1879), physician, author, and lecturer, was born on 5 May 1822 at Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA, the sixth child of Gideon Folger, mechanic, manufacturer, shipowner, and farmer, and his wife, Eunice Macy Folger. She received her early education in Nantucket, where she developed interests in mathematics and astronomy, and later she studied for one year at ...

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Gardner [married name Qvist], Dame Frances Violet (1913–1989), cardiologist and teacher of medicine, was born on 28 February 1913, the youngest of three daughters of Sir Ernest Gardner (1846–1925), a farmer and Conservative MP for Wokingham and then Windsor, and his second wife, ...

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Hector, Winifred Emily (1909–2002), nurse and educator, was born at 4 Leslie Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, on 21 December 1909, the daughter of Sidney Charles Hector, a fireman on the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Beatrice Annie, née Dugdale. Her mother later held a number of public appointments, including justice of the peace and president of the local ...

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Huxley, Margaret Rachel (1854–1940), nurse and promoter of nurses' training, was born on 21 December 1854 at Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey, the daughter of William Thomas Huxley, clerk at the Brighton railway, and his wife, Esther Hopkins. Margaret was a niece of Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)...

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Margaret Rachel Huxley (1854–1940) by unknown photographer Royal College of Nursing Archives

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Liddel, Duncan (1561–1613), astronomer and teacher of medicine, was born in Aberdeen, and received his early education there, perhaps including a spell at King's College then its sole university. In 1579 he travelled to Germany and enrolled in the University of Frankfurt an der Oder...

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Marshall, John (1818–1891), surgeon and teacher of anatomy, was born on 11 September 1818 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, the second son and third child of William Marshall (1776–1842) and his second wife, Ann Cropley (c.1793–1861), also of Ely. William Marshall was a successful solicitor, whose eldest son, also ...

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Overend, Hall (1772–1831), surgeon apothecary and teacher of medicine, was born on 23 November 1772 in Settle, Yorkshire, the son of John Overend (c.1734–1826), variously described as woolcomber, weaver, and husbandman, and his wife, Isabel (c.1732–1803); they were members of the ...

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(Mary) Edith Pechey- Phipson (1845–1908) by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Phipson, (Mary) Edith Pechey- (1845–1908), physician and women's rights activist, was born Mary Edith Pechey on 7 October 1845 in the village of Langham, near Colchester, Essex, the sixth child and third daughter of the Revd William Pechey (d. 1888), Baptist minister at ...

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Sir John Struthers (1823–1899) by Sir George Reid, 1892 in the collection of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Struthers, Sir John (1823–1899), anatomist and medical reformer, second son of Alexander Struthers, a wealthy flax mill owner, and his wife, Mary Reid, was born at Brucefield, Dunfermline, Fife, on 21 February 1823, and was educated privately. His two brothers qualified in medicine: ...

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Ward [née Lord], Emily Mary Jane (1850–1930), headmistress and founder of the Norland Institute for nursery-nursing, was born at Parkfield, St Alkmund, Derby, on 13 August 1850, the daughter of James Lord, barrister, and his wife, Elizabeth Mary, formerly Coy. Early in her life her parents moved to ...