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Balfour, George William (1823–1903), physician and cardiologist, was born at the manse, Sorn, Ayrshire, on 2 June 1823, the eighth of the thirteen children of Lewis Balfour DD and Henrietta Scott Balfour, third daughter of George Smith DD, the minister of Galston who was satirized by ...

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George William Balfour (1823–1903) by Reginald Henry Campbell Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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William Paton Cleland (1912–2005) by unknown photographer, 1959 [Cleland (centre) with (left to right) Denis Melrose, a Russian surgeon, John Beard, A. N. Bakulev] © Dr A Hollman

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Cleland, William Paton [Bill] (1912–2005), cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on 30 May 1912 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the only son and third of five children of Sir John Burton Cleland (1878–1971), pathologist and naturalist, and his wife, Dora Isabel, née Paton...

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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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Gilchrist, (Andrew) Rae (1899–1995), physician and cardiologist, was born on 7 July 1899 at the manse, Holywood, co. Down, Northern Ireland, the only son of Andrew Gilchrist (1871–1954), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Catherine Hill, née Witherow (1879–1955). His parents were Scottish. He was educated at ...

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Gunning, Alfred James (1918–2011), cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on 21 November 1918 in Dullstroom, Transvaal, South Africa, the son of George Ronald Gunning, police sergeant, and his wife, Kathleen, née Dunne. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' College in Kimberley and then the ...

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Hope, James (1801–1841), physician and cardiologist, was born at Stockport, Cheshire, on 23 February 1801, son of Thomas and Ann Hope. His father was a wealthy merchant and manufacturer. After attending Macclesfield grammar school from 1815 to 1818 Hope entered Edinburgh University in 1820, received his medical degree in 1825, and immediately spent some months at ...

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Sir John McMichael (1904–1993) by Sir William O. Hutchison, 1968 © Estate of the Artist; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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McMichael, Sir John (1904–1993), cardiologist, was born on 25 July 1904 at the High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, the third son and fifth child of James McMichael (1854–1933), and his wife, Margaret Livingstone Sproat (d. 1929). His father was a butcher and small-time farmer who struggled to make ends meet but was, to use his son's words, 'a gentle God-fearing man of the kindest nature'; both parents were committed to the moral precepts of the ...

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Milstein, Benjamin Bethel [Ben] (1918–2013), cardiac surgeon, was born on 30 September 1918 at 10 Kenilworth Park, Dublin, the fourth child and first son of Herschel (Herman) Milstein, tailor, and his wife, Rebecca, née Wellsman, both Jewish immigrants. The family moved to London...

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Pantridge, James Francis [Frank] (1916–2004), cardiologist and inventor, was born on 3 October 1916 on the outskirts of the village of Hillsborough, co. Down, Northern Ireland, the son of Robert James Pantridge, a small landowner and farmer who died when Pantridge was ten years old, and his wife, ...

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Ross, Donald Nixon (1922–2014), cardiac surgeon, was born on 4 October 1922 in Kimberley, South Africa, the son of Donald Ross, mechanical engineer. His parents were both Scottish. He was educated at the Boys’ High School, Kimberley, and read medicine at the University of Cape Town...

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Sellors, Sir Thomas Holmes (1902–1987), cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on 7 April 1902 in Wandsworth, London, the only son and younger child of Thomas Blanchard Sellors, a general medical practitioner, and his wife, Anne Oliver McSparron. His father later practised at Westcliff-on-Sea, where ...

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Wilson, Philip Alexander Poole- (1943–2009), cardiologist and clinical scientist, was born on 26 April 1943 at the London Welbeck Hospital, 27 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, the younger son of Denis Smith Poole-Wilson (1904–1998), surgeon, and his wife, Monique Michelle, née Goss (1912–1985). At the time of his birth his father was serving as a lieutenant-colonel in the ...

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Wood, Paul Hamilton (1907–1962), cardiologist, was born on 16 August 1907 at Coonoor, India, the second son of Richard Boardman Wood, civil servant, and Geraldine, daughter of Alfred Tomson, land agent. After his early education at Yardley Court, Tonbridge, Kent, Wood's father retired to ...