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Brain, Walter Russell, first Baron Brain (1895–1966), physician and medical administrator, was born at Clovelly, Denmark Road, Reading, on 23 October 1895, the only son and elder child of Walter John Brain, solicitor, and his wife, Edith Alice, daughter of Charles Smith, architect. At ...

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Bridges, John Henry (1832–1906), positivist and medical administrator, was born on 11 October 1832 at the vicarage, Old Newton, Suffolk. Slight, fair-haired, and fine-featured, he was the third of five children of the Revd Charles Bridges (1794–1869), a well-known evangelical, 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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Burden, Harold Nelson (1860–1930), Church of England clergyman and health administrator, was born on 20 March 1860 at Hythe, Kent, the eldest of the three children of Thomas Burden (1829–1872), a grocer, and his wife, Sarah Ann (Sally) Munk (c.1833–1902). When he was twelve his father died, and he was probably brought up by his grandparents, who were farmers. Unfortunately he was not successful as a grazier and dairyman and was declared bankrupt in 1886. He then worked in the slums of the ...

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Cameron, Sir James Clark (1905–1991), general practitioner and medical administrator, was born on 8 April 1905 at Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, the only son and elder child of Malcolm Clark Cameron (1872–1917), police officer, and his wife, Grace (1879–1963), seamstress, daughter of ...

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Cantlie, Sir James (1851–1926), physician and medical administrator, was born on 17 January 1851 at Keithmore Farm, Dufftown, Banffshire, the eldest son of William and Janet Cantlie. Growing up on his father's farm, he absorbed a strong sense of duty and obligation, and the ethics of the Scottish clan remained with him throughout his life. Often in the course of his long medical career he would offer his services free of charge, and he took a great interest in the welfare of those less fortunate than himself. The forthright manner in which he was later to express many of his views on social issues can also be attributed to the formative influences of his childhood, especially that of his father, who was known as the '...

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Clarke, George Thomas Smith- (1884–1960), automobile and medical engineer, was born at Lower Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, on 23 December 1884, the eldest of seven children (one of whom was adopted) of Henry Clarke (1850–1897), brass finisher and engineer, who in 1871 married Harriet (...

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Fletcher, Sir Walter Morley (1873–1933), physiologist and medical administrator, was born in Liverpool on 21 July 1873, the sixth and youngest son of the ten children of Alfred Evans Fletcher, civil servant, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Morley, of Leeds...

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Grigg [née Dickson-Poynder], Joan Alice Katherine, Lady Altrincham (1897–1987), organizer of maternity and nursing services in Africa, was born at Hartham Park, near Corsham, Wiltshire, on 11 September 1897, the only child of John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, Baron Islington (1866–1936), and his wife, ...

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Harington, Sir Charles Robert (1897–1972), biochemist and medical administrator, was born on 1 August 1897 at Llanerfyl, north Wales, the elder son (there were no daughters) of the Revd Charles Harington (1862–1921), and his wife, Audrey Emma, daughter of the Revd Robert Burges Bayly...

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Harrison, Benjamin (1771–1856), hospital administrator and philanthropist, was born on 29 July 1771 at West Ham, Essex, the fourth son of Benjamin Harrison (1734–1797), treasurer of Guy's Hospital. His formal education is obscure, but he was well prepared for his life's work by living from the age of fourteen with his father in the treasurer's house at ...

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Sir Charles Hastings (1794–1866) by Samuel William Reynolds junior, pubd 1839 (after Benjamin Rawlinson Faulkner) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hastings, Sir Charles (1794–1866), physician and founder of the British Medical Association, was born on 11 January 1794 at a lodging house in Ludlow, Shropshire, the ninth of the fifteen children of James Hastings (1755–1856), Church of England rector, and his wife, Elizabeth (...

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Inman, Philip Albert, Baron Inman (1892–1979), hospital administrator and businessman, was born at Kirkgate, Knaresborough, in Yorkshire, on 12 June 1892, the son of Philip Inman (1823–1894), rate collector, and his second wife, Hannah Bickerdike (1856/7–1923/4). His birthplace was a whitewashed thatched cottage opposite the parish church, where generations of ...

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Kellaway, Charles Halliley (1889–1952), physiologist and medical research administrator, was born on 16 January 1889 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest son in a family of five children of the Revd Alfred Charles Kellaway (b. 1856), curate to the dean of the pro-cathedral church of ...

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Locker, Edward Hawke (1777–1849), hospital administrator and watercolour painter, born at the parsonage house, East Malling, Kent, on 9 October 1777, was the fourth of the five surviving children of Captain William Locker (1731–1800) and his wife, Lucy (1746/7–1780), daughter of Admiral William Parry...

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Lowe, Peter (c. 1550–1610), surgeon and founder of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, may have been born in the west of Scotland. The exact date and location of his birth are unknown and have been the subject of debate. Lowe...

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Sir Donald MacAlister, first baronet (1854–1934) by Olive Edis © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacAlister, Sir Donald, first baronet (1854–1934), physician and medical administrator, was born at Earls Dykes East, Perth, on 17 May 1854, the second of the ten children (six boys and four girls) of Donald or Daniel MacAlister (1825–1881), and his wife, Euphemia (...

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Macara, Sir Alexander Wiseman [Sandy] (1932–2012), public health physician, was born at the manse in Irvine, Ayrshire, on 4 May 1932, the son of Alexander Macara (1900–1992), minister of the parish of St Inan's, and his wife, Marion Wiseman, née Mackay (1897–1972). Both his father and grandfather were ...