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William Stanley Jevons (1835–1882) by Maull & Co., 1870s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jevons, William Stanley (1835–1882), economist and philosopher of science, was born on 1 September 1835 at 14 Alfred Street, Liverpool, the ninth of the eleven children (of whom only six survived beyond infancy) of Thomas Jevons (1791–1855), iron merchant and inventor, and his wife, ...

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Ligon, Richard (c. 1585–1662), business agent and natural science writer, was the son of Thomas Ligon of Elstone in Wiltshire and his wife, Frances, daughter of Hugh Dennis of Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire. His life before the 1630s is poorly documented, although he was apparently active at court. ...

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John Lubbock, first Baron Avebury (1834–1913) by Barraud, pubd 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lubbock, John, first Baron Avebury (1834–1913), banker, politician, and scientific writer, was born on 30 April 1834 at 29 Eaton Place, London, the eldest of eleven children of Sir John William Lubbock, third baronet (1803–1865), and his wife, Harriet Hotham (d. 1873)...

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Marcet, Jane Haldimand (1769–1858), writer on science and political economy, was born in London, one of twelve children and only surviving daughter of the Swiss merchant and banker Anthony Francis Haldimand (1740/41–1817) and his wife, Jane (d. 1785). She was baptized on 23 June 1769. The ...

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Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769–1858) by unknown engraver Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, University of Pennsylvania Library

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Mellis, John (fl. c. 1564–1588), writer on arithmetic and bookkeeping, came from Norwich, but few details of his life are known and there is no record of his death. He had (according to himself) a natural genius for drawing proportions, maps, cards, buildings, and plates. He attended a ...