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Brayley, Edward William (1801/2–1870), writer and lecturer on science, the eldest son of Edward Wedlake Brayley (1773–1854), topographer, and his wife, Ann (c.1771–1850), was born in London. He was educated, together with his brothers Henry and Horatio, under an austere system. Secluded from all society except that of their tutors, the boys led a cheerless and monotonous life: denied pocket-money, they were not even allowed to take a walk without a tutor. ...

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Buckley [married name Fisher], Arabella Burton (1840–1929), popularizer of science and writer, was born on 24 October 1840 in Brighton, the daughter of John Wall Buckley, vicar of St Mary's, Paddington Green, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1889), daughter of Thomas Burton...

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John Harris (c. 1666–1719) by Bernard (III) Lens, 1707 Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Harris, John (c. 1666–1719), writer and lecturer on science, was reportedly the son of Edward Harris, or possibly Fitzharris (c.1648–1681), an army lieutenant. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, as a scholar in 1683, and graduated BA in 1686 and MA at ...

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Dionysius Lardner (1793–1859) by Alexander Craig, c. 1840 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lardner, Dionysius (1793–1859), writer on science and public lecturer, was born on 3 April 1793 in Dublin, the son of William Lardner (d. 1808), a solicitor.

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Murray, John (1785/6–1851), writer on science and public lecturer, was born in Stranraer, Scotland, the son of James Murray (1748/9–1788), sea captain, and his wife, Grace (1749/50–1827). Early in his life he seems to have developed scientific interests and in 1815 he published ...

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Partington, Charles Frederick (fl. 1820–1835), writer and lecturer on technology and practical science, is of obscure origins. Nothing is known either of his personal life. The first edition of his History and Descriptive Account of the Steam Engine appeared in 1822 and he then began an active period as a lecturer on such practical subjects. Between 1823 and 1830 he lectured regularly at the ...

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Taylor, John Ellor (1837–1895), curator and popularizer of science, was born on 21 September 1837 at Levenshulme, near Manchester, the eldest son of William Taylor (d. 1864), a Lancashire cotton-factory foreman, and his wife, Maria Ellor (b. c.1806, d. after 1895)...