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Allen, Charles (fl. 1685–1687), writer on dentistry, published while living in Stonegate, York, the earliest known book in English devoted exclusively to treatment of the teeth: The operator for the teeth, shewing how to preserve the teeth and gums from all the accidents they are subject to...

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Ash, Claudius (1792–1854), silversmith and dental supplier, the second son of Sarjeant Ash (bap. 1755, d. 1820), silversmith, and his wife, Lydia, was born in London on 2 March 1792 and baptized with his younger brother William on 18 May 1794. At the time of his birth, and for several years before, it is likely that the family was settled in the neighbourhood of ...

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Bate, Charles Spence (1819–1889), dental surgeon and zoologist, was born on 16 March 1819 at Trenick House, in the parish of St Clement near Truro, Cornwall, the eldest son of Charles Bate (1789–1872), a Truro dentist, and his wife, Harriet Spence (1788–1879). After his education at ...

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Thomas Bell (1792–1880) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Thomas (1792–1880), dental surgeon and zoologist, was born at Poole, Dorset, on 11 October 1792, the only son of the surgeon Thomas Bell and his wife, Susan Gosse (d. 1829), formerly a teacher. After initial training with his father, Bell entered ...

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Bradlaw, Sir Robert Vivian (1905–1992), dentist, was born on 14 April 1905 at 7 Rathmines Road, Blackrock, Dublin, the son of Philip Archibald Bradlaw, dentist, and his wife, Henrietta Louise, née Samuel. He was a member of a large family with medical and dental connections. His father died when ...

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Cartwright, Samuel (1789–1864), dentist, was born at Northampton and originally trained there as an ivory turner. He went to London at an early age, wholly dependent upon himself for support, and became employed as a mechanical assistant to Charles Dumergue of Piccadilly, dentist to ...

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Colyer, Sir (James) Frank (1866–1954), dental surgeon and museum curator, was born on 25 September 1866 at 2 Loughborough Villas, Loughborough Road, Lambeth, London, one of the sons of James Colyer, dentist, and his wife, Rebecca Hastings, née Farrow. There is no information about ...

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Fox, Joseph (1775–1816), dental surgeon and philanthropist, the only son of Joseph Fox (1733–1795), dentist, and his wife, Mary (b. 1751, d. before 1795), daughter of the Revd John Rogers, a Baptist minister of Long Lane, Southwark, was born in Crooked Lane, Lombard Street, London...

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Grimaldi, Joseph [Giuseppe] (1709x16?–1788), dancer and dentist, was probably born between 1709 and 1716, perhaps in Malta, the son of the dancer John Baptist Grimaldi (fl. 1709–1741) and his wife, Catherine (d. 1773). Many details of his life and circumstances are based on hearsay, conjecture, and fragmentary information. He was one of a family of Italian entertainers who performed throughout ...

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Lindsay [née Murray], Lilian (1871–1960), dentist, was born on 24 July 1871 at 29 Hungerford Road, London, the third of the eleven surviving children of James Robertson Murray (d. 1885), professional organist, and his wife, Margaret Amelia Bennett (b. 1841)...

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Lilian Lindsay (1871–1960) by unknown photographer image courtesy of BDA Museum

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Noble, Montague Alfred (1873–1940), cricketer and dentist, was born on 28 January 1873 at Dixon Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the eighth son of Joseph Noble, grocer and later builder, and his wife, Maria Collins. His parents had emigrated from Egham, Surrey...

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Robinson, James (1813–1862), dentist and anaesthetist, is said to have been born in Hampshire on 22 November 1813, possibly the youngest son of Captain Charles Robinson RN. He had at least one sister, Charlotte. He was reputedly well educated, and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a ...

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Ruspini, Bartholomew [Bartolomeo] (1730–1813), dentist and prominent freemason, was born on 21 February 1730 at Ca Bonoré, Romacolo, in the parish of Grumello de' Zanchi 18 km north of Bergamo, Italy, the eldest of the eight children of Giovanni Andrea Ruspini (1707–1769) and his wife, ...

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Bartholomew Ruspini (1730–1813) by Ozias Humphry, 1776 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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D'A. Power

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Saunders, Sir Edwin (1814–1901), dentist, was born in London on 12 March 1814, the son of Simon Saunders, senior partner in the firm of Saunders and Ottley, publishers, in Brook Street, London. From an early age Saunders showed an aptitude for mechanical objects and ideas, and from the age of twelve to fourteen he experimented with methods of replacing steam with hydraulic power for the propulsion of ships; he also invented a sweeping machine for city streets. Despite this aptitude ...

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Smith, John (1825–1910), dental surgeon, was born in Edinburgh on 24 February 1825, the son of John Smith (d. 1851), a dentist in Hyndford's Close, Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Institution and then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh...

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Tomes, Sir John (1815–1895), dental surgeon, eldest son of John Tomes (1791–1864), farmer, and his wife, Sarah (1792–1870), daughter of William Baylies of Welford in Gloucestershire, was born at The Sands, Weston-on-Avon, in Gloucestershire, on 21 March 1815. After attending schools in Stratford upon Avon...