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Ayrton [née Chaplin], Matilda Charlotte (1846–1883), physician, was born in Honfleur, France, the daughter of John Clarke Chaplin, a solicitor. Her early studies were in drawing and painting and she used her artistic talents throughout her subsequent career. But she began what was to prove a long struggle to qualify as a doctor about 1867. She attended classes at the ...

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Blake, (Robert) Andrew (1963–2002), medical research campaigner, was born on 22 March 1963 at Nash Farm, Common Road, Kensworth, Bedfordshire, the son of Robert Blake, farmer, and his wife, Barbara Elizabeth, née Preston. He was educated at St George's preparatory school, Dunstable, and ...

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Sophia Louisa Jex- Blake (1840–1912) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blake, Sophia Louisa Jex- (1840–1912), physician and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 21 January 1840 at 3 Croft Place, Hastings, Sussex. She was the youngest of the three surviving children of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868), proctor of Doctors' Commons, and his wife, ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Caplin, Roxey Ann [formerly Emily Roxey Caplin] (1793–1888), corset maker, writer, and lecturer on health, was born in Canada, the daughter of English settlers; Canadian Indians taught her canoeing and swimming as a child. Probably trained as a milliner, she married about 1835, and by 1839 was living in ...

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Carter, Yvonne Helen (1959–2009), general practitioner and medical educationist, was born on 16 April 1959 at 3 Woburn Hill, Stoneycroft, Liverpool, was educated at Notre Dame High School, Liverpool, and then was accepted as a medical student at St Mary's Hospital medical school...

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Yvonne Helen Carter (1959–2009) by unknown photographer, c.2007 University of Warwick

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Cockayne, Dame Elizabeth (1894–1988), nursing administrator and teacher, was born on 29 October 1894 in Burton upon Trent, the youngest in the family of two daughters and three sons of William Cockayne, brewer's traveller and licensed victualler, and his wife, Alice Bailey. One of her brothers was killed in the First World War, the second died of tuberculosis, and the third died in 1943. Her father died when she was five. These distressing experiences sharpened ...

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Collins, Sheila Margaret (1921–2009), nurse and educationist, was born on 28 August 1921 at 6 Hillcrest Road, Tywyn, near Conwy, Caernarvonshire, the younger daughter of John Collins, assurance superintendent, and his wife, Mary, née Deehan. Her father was from co. Galway, her mother from ...

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Crofton, Sir John Wenman (1912–2009), physician and public health campaigner, was born on 27 March 1912 at 55 Merrion Square, Dublin, the son of William Mervyn Crofton, medical practitioner, and his wife, Mary Josephine, née Abbott. A happy childhood included education at schools in ...

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Edinburgh Seven (act. 1869–1873), a group of women who attempted to gain professional qualifications in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, were led by Sophia Jex-Blake (1840–1912). The 'Septem contra Edinam', as Jex-Blake sometimes styled them, were the core of the small band of women who battled, ultimately unsuccessfully, to obtain medical degrees from ...

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Fowler, Lydia Folger (1822–1879), physician, author, and lecturer, was born on 5 May 1822 at Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA, the sixth child of Gideon Folger, mechanic, manufacturer, shipowner, and farmer, and his wife, Eunice Macy Folger. She received her early education in Nantucket, where she developed interests in mathematics and astronomy, and later she studied for one year at ...

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Gardner [married name Qvist], Dame Frances Violet (1913–1989), cardiologist and teacher of medicine, was born on 28 February 1913, the youngest of three daughters of Sir Ernest Gardner (1846–1925), a farmer and Conservative MP for Wokingham and then Windsor, and his second wife, ...

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Grainger, Edward (1797–1824), anatomist and lecturer, the elder son of Edward Grainger, surgeon and author of Medical and Surgical Remarks (1815), and brother of Richard Dugard Grainger (1801–1865), was born in Birmingham on 28 April 1797. After being educated at the free school, Birmingham...

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Hector, Winifred Emily (1909–2002), nurse and educator, was born at 4 Leslie Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, on 21 December 1909, the daughter of Sidney Charles Hector, a fireman on the Great Western Railway, and his wife, Beatrice Annie, née Dugdale. Her mother later held a number of public appointments, including justice of the peace and president of the local ...