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Beck, Diana Jean Kinloch (1900–1956), neurosurgeon, was born on 29 June 1900 at Hoole, Chester, the only girl of the three children of James Beck, a master draper of Scottish descent, and his wife, Margaret Helena Kinloch. From the Queen's School at Chester...

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Blandy, John Peter (1927–2011), urological surgeon, was born on 11 September 1927 at the Edith Cavell Nursing Home in Calcutta, India, the only surviving son of Sir (Edmond) Nicolas Blandy (1886–1942), a member of the Indian Civil Service then serving as collector and magistrate for ...

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Browne, Sir Denis John Wolko (1892–1967), paediatric surgeon, was born on 28 April 1892 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest in the family of four sons and two daughters of Sylvester Browne, explorer, gold prospector, and farmer, whose father had emigrated from Ireland in 1831, and his wife, ...

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Cairns, Sir Hugh William Bell (1896–1952), neurosurgeon, was born on 26 June 1896 in Port Pirie, South Australia. His father, William Cairns (1868–1958), a carpenter and joiner, had emigrated from Glasgow in 1889 and married Amy Florence Bell (1867–1964), a local music teacher. In 1903 they moved to the small township of ...

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William Paton Cleland (1912–2005) by unknown photographer, 1959 [Cleland (centre) with (left to right) Denis Melrose, a Russian surgeon, John Beard, A. N. Bakulev] © Dr A Hollman

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Cleland, William Paton [Bill] (1912–2005), cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on 30 May 1912 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the only son and third of five children of Sir John Burton Cleland (1878–1971), pathologist and naturalist, and his wife, Dora Isabel, née Paton...

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Duddell, Benedict (c. 1695–1759x67), surgeon and oculist, about whose life few details are known, was probably educated in France and served his surgical apprenticeship in a town about 4 leagues from Paris. In 1718 he was in practice at Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Upset by his failure to save the sight of a poor labourer under his care, ...

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Edwards, John Francis Hall- (1858–1926), surgeon and radiographer, was born John Francis Hall Edwards in Moseley Road, King's Norton, Worcestershire, on 19 December 1858, the son of John Edwards, a druggist who went on to qualify in medicine in which he had a practice in ...

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Forbes, Sir Charles Fergusson (1779–1852), army surgeon and ophthalmic physician, the son of William and Elizabeth Forbes, was born on 22 March 1779, and was baptized at the Independent Chapel, Great Coggeshall, Essex, on 21 May. He received his medical education in London...

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Gillingham, (Francis) John (1916–2010), neurosurgeon, was born on 15 March 1916 at 6 Came View, Dorchester, Dorset, the son of John Herbert Gillingham, master dairyman, and his wife, Lily, née Eavis. His father was later the owner of a haberdashery business in Dorchester...

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Gunning, Alfred James (1918–2011), cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on 21 November 1918 in Dullstroom, Transvaal, South Africa, the son of George Ronald Gunning, police sergeant, and his wife, Kathleen, née Dunne. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' College in Kimberley and then the ...

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Sir Ludwig Guttmann (1899–1980) by unknown photographer, 1977 © UPPA/Photoshot

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Guttmann, Sir Ludwig (1899–1980), neurosurgeon, was born on 3 July 1899 in Tost, Upper Silesia, into a Jewish family, the first born, and the only son, among the four children of Bernhard Guttmann, an innkeeper and distiller, and his wife, Dorothea, daughter of ...

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Holland, Sir Henry Tristram (1875–1965), missionary and eye surgeon, was born on 12 February 1875 in the cathedral close, Durham, the second son in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Lyall Holland, then a cathedral canon, and Mary Gertrude...

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Jefferson, Sir Geoffrey (1886–1961), neurosurgeon, was born at 27 Barrett Street, Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, on 10 April 1886, the eldest of the six children of Arthur John Jefferson (1857–1915), a general practitioner and surgeon in Rochdale, and his wife, Cecilia, née James (...

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Jennett, (William) Bryan (1926–2008), neurosurgeon, was born on 1 March 1926 at Finglas, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, the only son of Robert William Jennett (1884/5–1956), a civil servant of Irish descent in the Ministry of Labour, and his Scottish wife, Jessie Pate, née Loudon (1892–1975)...

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Macintyre, John (1857–1928), laryngological surgeon and radiologist, was born on 2 October 1857 in the slum area of 343 High Street, Glasgow. His father, Donald Macintyre, had migrated from his native Argyll to Glasgow in search of work, and became a journeyman tailor there. His mother, ...

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Mapother, Edward Dillon (1835–1908), surgeon and dermatologist, was born on 14 October 1835 in Annadale Lodge, Fairview, Dublin, the son of Henry Mapother and Mary Lyons, both of co. Roscommon. His father was a bank official who disappeared from his office mysteriously and without trace....

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Millin, Terence John (1903–1980), urological surgeon, was born at Helen's Bay, Belfast, on 9 January 1903, the elder of the two children of Samuel Shannon Millin, a Belfast barrister, and his wife, Ella Morton, who was of Scottish origin. He lived at Helen's Bay...

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Milstein, Benjamin Bethel [Ben] (1918–2013), cardiac surgeon, was born on 30 September 1918 at 10 Kenilworth Park, Dublin, the fourth child and first son of Herschel (Herman) Milstein, tailor, and his wife, Rebecca, née Wellsman, both Jewish immigrants. The family moved to London...