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Frederick Soddy (1877–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Soddy, Frederick (1877–1956), chemist and social commentator, was born on 2 September 1877 at Bolton Road, Eastbourne, the fourth son of Benjamin Soddy (d. 1911), a semi-retired London corn buyer, and his second wife, Hannah Green (d. 1879), who died when ...

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Tidy, Charles Meymott (1843–1892), sanitary and analytical chemist, was born on 2 February 1843 at Cambridge Heath, Hackney, Middlesex, the third son of William Callender Tidy, surgeon, and his wife, Charlotte Meymott. After attending Hackney Church of England school, he entered the London Hospital...

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Young, James (1811–1883), chemist and philanthropist, was born on 13 July 1811 at Drygate, Glasgow, the eldest son of John Young, a self-employed carpenter, and his wife, Jean Wilson (married on 9 February 1809). Young worked for his father and in 1830 began to attend the evening lectures in chemistry of ...