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Blair, Robert (1748–1828), surgeon and maker of optical instruments, was born at Garvald, Haddingtonshire, the son of the minister Archibald Blair and his wife, Janet Barclay. After studying medicine at Edinburgh University he was apprenticed to Francis Balfour, surgeon in the Royal Navy...

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Ridley, Sir (Nicholas) Harold Lloyd (1906–2001), ophthalmic surgeon and inventor of the intraocular lens implant, was born on 10 July 1906 at Kibworth Beauchamp, near Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the elder son of Nicholas Charles Ridley, a naval surgeon who later moved into ophthalmology, and his wife, ...