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Harris, Sir Henry (1925–2014), cell biologist, was born in Potchep, Russia, on 28 January 1925, the son of Sam and Ann Khoros, Russian Jewish immigrants. He never spoke of his origins and his autobiography started at the age of four with ‘my earliest memories’ in ...

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Plummer [née Lapsker], Beatrice [Beattie], Baroness Plummer (1903–1972), farmer and politician, was born in Russia, probably in Kiev, on 14 April 1903, one of several children of Meyer (or Morris) Lapsker (or Lipsker; (1871–1940), furniture dealer, and his wife, ...

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Polak, Dame Julia Margaret (1939–2014), pathologist, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 June 1939, of Jewish parents, Carlos Polak, a judge, and his wife Rebeca Mactas, née Alpersohn (b. 1914), a leading writer. She had a younger brother, Gabriel Federico Polak...

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Propert, John Lumsden (1834–1902), physician and art critic, was born on 9 April 1834, the son of John Propert (1792–1867), surgeon, and his wife, Juliana Ross. His father founded in 1855 the Royal Medical Benevolent College, Epsom, and served as its treasurer. Propert...