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Ainsworth, Geoffrey Clough (1905–1998), mycologist, was born at 26 South Street, Handsworth, Birmingham, on 9 October 1905, the only son of Percy Clough Ainsworth, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Gertrude (née Fisk). Like many ministers' families they moved around the country, and ...

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Fogg, Gordon Elliot [Tony] (1919–2005), botanist and ecologist, was born on 26 April 1919 at Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the eldest of four children of Leslie Charles Fogg, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Doris Mary, née Elliott. His early schooling was complicated by his father's frequent moves between circuits as a Methodist minister, from ...

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Mudd, William (1829–1879), lichenologist, was born in 1829 at Clifton Lodge on or near Clifton Castle estate in Bedale, Yorkshire, and was baptized at Thornton Watlass on 26 April 1829, the third of eight children of Christopher Mudd, steward, and his wife, Mary Purvis...

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Phillips, William (1822–1905), botanist and antiquary, was born on 4 May 1822 at Presteigne, the ninth of the ten children of Thomas and Elizabeth Phillips. After an elementary education in Presteigne, Phillips moved to Shrewsbury about 1836 to work with his older brothers in their tailor's shop in ...