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Sir William Henry Flower (1831–1899) by C. Schmid, 1868 reproduced by kind permission of the President and Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of London

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Flower, Sir William Henry (1831–1899), zoologist and museum curator, was born on 30 November 1831 in Stratford upon Avon, the second son of Edward Fordham Flower (1805–1883) and his wife, Selina Greaves (d. 1884). His father, a businessman, established Flowers brewery. His elder brother, ...

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John Edward Gray (1800–1875) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gray, John Edward (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator, was born at Walsall, Staffordshire, on 12 February 1800, the second son of Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828), naturalist and pharmacologist, and his wife, Elizabeth Forfeit (1777–1852), the daughter of a picture dealer in Covent Garden...

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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Potter, Walter (1835–1918), taxidermist, was born at Bramber, Sussex, on 2 July 1835 (and was baptized at Bramber on 13 September), the sixth son of James Potter (d. 1867), labourer, and his wife, Sarah (1802/3–1838). His mother died when he was young, and his father, by then employed as a publican, was remarried in 1840, to ...

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Walter Potter (1835–1918) by unknown photographer courtesy of the British Historical Taxidermy Society

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Sharpe, Richard Bowdler (1847–1909), ornithologist and museum curator, was born on 22 November 1847 at 1 Skinner Street, Snow Hill, London, the son of Thomas Bowdler Sharpe who edited and published Sharpe's London Magazine, and his wife, Elizabeth. He began his education under an aunt who ran a preparatory school in ...

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Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847–1909) by Maull & Fox by permission of the Linnean Society of London