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Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899) by unknown engraver, pubd 1886 (after Notman & Sandham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dawson, Sir John William (1820–1899), geologist and educationist, was born on 13 October 1820 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the elder of the two sons of James Dawson (1789–1858?), then a merchant and later a bookseller, and Mary Rankine of Stirlingshire. Mary, whose parents had died when she was young, was raised by relatives in ...

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Leonard Horner (1785–1864) by unknown artist Heriot-Watt University Archive

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Catherine Alice Raisin (1855–1945) by unknown photographer [standing, in the botany library at Bedford College] Royal Holloway College; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Raisin, Catherine Alice (1855–1945), geologist and educationist, was born at 13 Camden Terrace, Camden New Town, London, on 24 April 1855, the daughter of (Daniel) Francis Raisin, pannierman at the Inner Temple, and his wife, Sarah Catherine, née Woodgate. She was educated at ...

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Watts, William Whitehead (1860–1947), geologist and educationist, was born on 7 June 1860 at Broseley, Shropshire, the eldest son of Isaac Watts, music teacher, and his wife, Maria, née Whitehead. After early education at a dame-school he attended Bitterley grammar school (1869–70), where he developed an interest in chemistry and ventured into firework making, ...