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Baskett, Peter John Firth (1934–2008), anaesthetist, was born in Belfast on 26 July 1934, the eldest of three sons of Sir Ronald Gilbert Baskett (1901–1972), agriculturist, and his wife, Joan Shirley Staples, née Firth (1903–1982). His parents were originally from Essex. At the time of his birth his father was head of the chemical and animal nutrition division of the ...

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Boyle, Henry Edmund Gaskin (1875–1941), anaesthetist, was born on 2 April 1875 in Christ Church, Barbados, the only child of Henry Eudolphus Boyle, manager of the Hope and Bannatyne estates in Christ Church, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Law Gaskin, a member of the ...

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Joseph Thomas Clover (1825–1882) by Joseph Clover reproduced by kind permission of the President and Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Clover, Joseph Thomas (1825–1882), anaesthetist and surgeon, was born on 28 February 1825 at home, over his father's shop, at 6 Market Place, Aylsham, Norfolk, the third of the five children of John Wright Clover (1780–1865), draper, and his second wife, Elizabeth Mary Anne Peterson (1791–1883)...

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Dawkins, (Charles John) Massey (1905–1975), anaesthetist, was born on 13 July 1905 at 4 Tanza Road, London, the only child of Charles William Dawkins (1870–1948), European manager of Massey Harris Co. Ltd, and his wife, Eleanor Selina Cranfield. Dawkins, who was known as ...

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Gray, (Thomas) Cecil (1913–2008), anaesthetist, was born on 11 March 1913 at the Clock public house, 31 London Road, Liverpool, of which his father Thomas Gray was the landlord. His mother, Ethel Gray, née Unwin, had been married before, to the Macclesfield silk manufacturer ...

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Hewitt, Sir Frederic William (1857–1916), anaesthetist, was born on 2 July 1857 at 52 Westbourne Park Villas, London, the eldest of six children (there were three brothers and two sisters), of George Frederick Hewitt (1832–1869), agricultural chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth (b...

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Sir Frederic William Hewitt (1857–1916) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1907–9 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hickman, Henry (1800–1830), promoter of anaesthesia, was born at Lady Halton in the parish of Bromfield, Shropshire, on 27 January 1800. He was the fifth son and seventh child in the family of eight sons and five daughters of John Hickman, farmer (also clerk of the course at ...

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Henry Hickman (1800–1830) by unknown artist private collection

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Macintosh, Sir Robert Reynolds (1897–1989), anaesthetist, was born on 17 October 1897 in Timaru, New Zealand. Baptized Rewi Rawhiti (Maori names being popular at the time), he was the youngest in the family of two sons and one daughter of Charles Nicholson Macintosh...

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Magill, Sir Ivan Whiteside (1888–1986), anaesthetist, was born on 23 July 1888 in Larne, co. Antrim, Ireland, the son of Samuel Magill, draper, and his wife, Sara Whiteside. He was baptized Ivan because his mother, in her second marriage, considered it more romantic than ...

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Minnitt, Robert James (1889–1974), anaesthetist and general practitioner, was born in Preston on 25 October 1889, the son of Robert Minnitt (1852–1918), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Isabella, née Cookson (1853–1922). He was educated privately, and went up to Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Pask, Edgar Alexander (1912–1966), anaesthetist, was born on 4 September 1912 at 188 Kedleston Road, Derby, the second son of Percy Pask (1880–1957), fruit importer, and his wife, Mary (1885–1952), daughter of Alexander Speedie of St Marks, Isle of Man, and his wife, ...

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Edgar Alexander Pask (1912–1966) by unknown photographer Getty Images

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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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Snow, John (1813–1858), anaesthetist and epidemiologist, was born on 15 March 1813 at North Street, York, the eldest of the nine children of William Snow (1783–1846) and his wife, Frances Askham (1789–1860). At the time of Snow's birth his father was a labourer, but he later became a farmer and in 1841 moved to a farm in ...

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John Snow (1813–1858) by unknown photographer, c. 1856 © National Portrait Gallery, London