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Sir William Henry Flower (1831–1899) by C. Schmid, 1868 reproduced by kind permission of the President and Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of London

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Flower, Sir William Henry (1831–1899), zoologist and museum curator, was born on 30 November 1831 in Stratford upon Avon, the second son of Edward Fordham Flower (1805–1883) and his wife, Selina Greaves (d. 1884). His father, a businessman, established Flowers brewery. His elder brother, ...

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Francis Charles Fraser (1903–1978) by Godfrey Argent Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Fraser, Francis Charles (1903–1978), zoologist and museum administrator, was born on 16 June 1903 at Glenturret, Station Road, Dingwall, Ross-shire, Scotland. He was the youngest of the six sons (there were also four daughters) of James Fraser (d. 1910/11), master saddler and blacksmith, and his wife, ...

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John Edward Gray (1800–1875) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gray, John Edward (1800–1875), zoologist and museum curator, was born at Walsall, Staffordshire, on 12 February 1800, the second son of Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828), naturalist and pharmacologist, and his wife, Elizabeth Forfeit (1777–1852), the daughter of a picture dealer in Covent Garden...

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Günther [Gunther], Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf [formerly Albert Karl Ludwig Gotthilf] (1830–1914), ichthyologist and museum administrator, was born at Esslingen in the state of Württemberg, south Germany, on 3 October 1830, the elder son of Friedrich Gotthilf Günther (1800–1835), Stiftungs-kommissar of estates in ...

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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Walter Potter (1835–1918) by unknown photographer courtesy of the British Historical Taxidermy Society

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Potter, Walter (1835–1918), taxidermist, was born at Bramber, Sussex, on 2 July 1835 (and was baptized at Bramber on 13 September), the sixth son of James Potter (d. 1867), labourer, and his wife, Sarah (1802/3–1838). His mother died when he was young, and his father, by then employed as a publican, was remarried in 1840, to ...

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Regan, Charles Tate (1878–1943), zoologist and museum director, was born at Long Street, Sherborne, Dorset, on 1 February 1878, the only son of Charles James Regan, music master at Sherborne School, and his wife, Maria Jane, daughter of William Tate, author of The Modern Cambist...

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Sir Terence Charles Stuart Morrison- Scott (1908–1991) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Sir Terence Charles Stuart Morrison- (1908–1991), zoologist and museum director, was born on 24 October 1908 in Paris, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Charles Stuart Morrison-Scott (d. 1938), barrister, and his wife, Amy A. Mosselmans. After Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford...

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Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847–1909) by Maull & Fox by permission of the Linnean Society of London

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Sharpe, Richard Bowdler (1847–1909), ornithologist and museum curator, was born on 22 November 1847 at 1 Skinner Street, Snow Hill, London, the son of Thomas Bowdler Sharpe who edited and published Sharpe's London Magazine, and his wife, Elizabeth. He began his education under an aunt who ran a preparatory school in ...