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John Alexander Sinton (1884–1956) by Charles H. Halliday, 1947 © Charles H. Halliday; collection Royal Society

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Sinton, John Alexander (1884–1956), soldier and malariologist, was born on 2 December 1884 at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the third of the seven children of Walter Lyon Sinton (1860–1930?) and his wife, Isabella Mary, née Pringle (1860–1924). His parents were both from the north of ...

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Walker, John (1759–1830), vaccinator and writer, was born on 31 July 1759 at Cockermouth, Cumberland, one of the several children of a blacksmith and ironmonger. He was educated at the free grammar school in the town and was intended for an artistic career. However, plans for an apprenticeship were abandoned and he spent five years in his father's business, engraving ornamental metalwork. During this time he received some training in drawing. In 1779 ...

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Woodhead, Sir German Sims (1855–1921), pathologist and health campaigner, was born on 29 April 1855 at Woodland Mount, Huddersfield, the oldest son of Joseph Woodhead (1824–1913), newspaper owner and MP for Spen Valley, and Catherine, eldest daughter of James Booth Woodhead of Holmfirth...