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Cook, Sir James Wilfred (1900–1975), organic chemist and educationist, was born in South Kensington, London, on 10 December 1900, the younger son (there was also a daughter) of Charles William Cook, coachman, of Hitchin, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Aaron Wall of ...

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Hope, Thomas Charles (1766–1844), chemist and educationist, was born on 21 July 1766 in Edinburgh, the third of four sons and a daughter of John Hope (1725–1786), professor of botany at the University of Edinburgh, and his wife, Juliana, daughter of a Dr Stevenson...

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Irvine, Sir James Colquhoun (1877–1952), chemist and educationist, was born in Glasgow on 9 May 1877, the younger son of John Irvine, who came of yeoman farmer stock but was himself a manufacturer of light iron castings, and his wife, Mary Paton Colquhoun...

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Sir James Colquhoun Irvine (1877–1952) by Elliott & Fry, 1910s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kane, Sir Robert John (1809–1890), chemist and educationist, was born at 48 Henry Street, Dublin, on 24 September 1809, the son of John Kane, a manufacturing chemist. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (1828–35), and studied medical and practical science in both ...

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Sir (Reginald) Patrick Linstead (1902–1966) by Walter Stoneman, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linstead, Sir (Reginald) Patrick (1902–1966), organic chemist and educationist, was born in London on 28 August 1902, the second son of Edward Flatman Linstead, pharmaceutical chemist, of London, and his wife, Florence Evelyn Hester. His elder brother was Hugh Linstead, who became MP for ...

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Nesbit, John Collis (1818–1862), chemist and educationist, was born on 12 July 1818 at Bradford, Yorkshire, the son of Anthony Nesbit (bap. 1778, d. 1859), teacher of mathematics and land surveyor. He was educated at home and assisted his father in the school which the latter had established in ...

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Russell, William James (1830–1909), chemist and educationist, was born on 20 May 1830 at Gloucester, the third child of Thomas Pougher Russell (1775–1851), a banker at Gloucester, and his wife, Mary (1790–1877), fourth daughter of Colonel James Skey and his second wife, Eleanor...