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Epstein, (Ezekiel) Isidore (1893–1962), rabbi and rabbinical scholar, was born in Kovno, Lithuania, then part of Russia, on 7 May 1893, the son of David Epstein, bootmaker, and his wife Malka (Millie), both Orthodox Jews. He was taken to Paris aged about six months, and in ...

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Harris, Sir Henry (1925–2014), cell biologist, was born in Potchep, Russia, on 28 January 1925, the son of Sam and Ann Khoros, Russian Jewish immigrants. He never spoke of his origins and his autobiography started at the age of four with ‘my earliest memories’ in ...

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Lappert, Michael Franz (1928–2014), inorganic chemist, was born on 31 December 1928 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the younger son of Julius Lappert (1895–1943) and his wife, Kornelie (Nelly), née Beran (1897–1943), whose father, Samuel, and uncle Alois had expanded the successful textile business founded by their father, ...

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Montefiore, Leonard Nathaniel Goldsmid- (1889–1961), scholar and Jewish communal leader, was born at 12 Portman Square, London, on 2 June 1889, the only child of Claude Joseph Goldsmid-Montefiore (1858–1938) and his wife, Thérèse Alice, née Schorstein (1864–1889). His father, descended from leading Anglo-Jewish families, was a noted scholar, philanthropist, Jewish communal leader, and founder of Liberal Judaism. ...

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), by R. B. Kitaj, 1987

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), statistician, college head, and public servant, was born on 24 November 1922 in Berlin, the younger son of Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), a successful and distinguished Jewish banker, and his wife, Lotte, née...