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Allman, William (1776–1846), botanist, was born on 7 February 1776 at Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Thomas Allman. His mother was a native of Waterford, Ireland. Before William was four his parents returned to Ireland, and he was educated in Waterford. In 1792 he entered ...

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Armstrong, Edward Allworthy (1900–1978), ornithologist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Corlea, Lowwood, Belfast, on 8 October 1900, the younger child and only son of Hamilton Armstrong, manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Susan, daughter of Dr Samuel W. Allworthy...

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Ball, Sir Robert Stawell (1840–1913), astronomer, was born on 1 July 1840 at 3 Granby Row, Dublin, the second of the seven children of Robert Ball (1802–1857), a civil servant who was honorary secretary of the Dublin Royal Zoological Society, and his wife, ...

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See Boole [née Everest], Mary

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Frank Foden

Booth, James (1806–1878), mathematician and educationist, was born on 25 August 1806, the first of the three children of John and Ellen Booth of Lavagh, co. Leitrim. The Booths owned a small property and belonged to the Church of Ireland community of Annaduff parish...

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Brinkley, John (1766/7–1835), mathematician and astronomer, was born, probably in December 1766 but possibly in January 1767, in Woodbridge, Suffolk, and was baptized there on 31 January 1767. His father was John Toler, a vintner, and his maternal grandfather was John Brinkley, a butcher. His mother, ...

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Browne, Patrick (c. 1720–1790), physician and botanist, was probably born at Woodstock, near Claremorris, co. Mayo, Ireland, the fourth son of Edward Browne, a local gentleman. He received a good education locally, and in 1737 was sent to live with a relative in ...

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Burkitt, James Parsons [Jim] (1870–1959), civil engineer and ornithologist, was born on 20 August 1870 in Killybegs, co. Donegal, the second of seven children of Thomas Henry Burkitt (1835–1922), Presbyterian minister and 'missionary to the south highlands of county Donegal', and his wife, ...

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A. M. Clerke

revised by Joseph Gross

Burton, Charles Edward (1846–1882), astronomer, was born on 16 September 1846 at Barnton, Cheshire, the son of the Revd Edward W. Burton, incumbent of Barnton. The family moved to Ireland while he was young. He showed from childhood a marked taste for astronomy, and in February 1868 entered ...

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A. M. Clerke

revised by P. A. Wayman

Cooper, Edward Joshua (1798–1863), landowner and astronomer, was born in May 1798 at St Stephen's Green, Dublin, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Synge Cooper (d. 1830), a landowner, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Harry Verelst, governor of ...

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Eugene Seneta and Irene N. Johnson

Crofton, Morgan William (1826–1915), mathematician, was born on 26 June 1826 in Dublin, the eldest of twelve children of the Revd William Crofton (1795–1851), rector of Skreen, co. Sligo, and his first wife, Melesina (1799?–1881), daughter of the Revd Henry Woodward. He was educated at ...

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Christopher F. Lindsey

Davy, Edmund (1785–1857), chemist, was born at Penzance, the second son of William Davy and his wife, M[ary?] Ann. He obtained his early education in Penzance, where he stayed until moving to London in 1804. With the help of his cousin Humphry Davy...

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Ellery, Robert Lewis John (1827–1908), astronomer, was born on 14 July 1827 at Cranleigh, Surrey, the son of John Ellery, a surgeon, and his wife, Caroline, née Potter. After education at the local grammar school he was trained for the medical profession. An interest in astronomy led him to form friendships with staff at the ...

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FitzGerald, George Francis (1851–1901), physicist, was born on 3 August 1851 at 19 Lower Mount Street, Dublin, one of at least six children of William FitzGerald (1814–1883), clergyman, and Anne Frances (d. 1859), daughter of George Stoney of Oakley Park, King's county, Ireland...

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George Francis FitzGerald (1851–1901) by John Butler Yeats, c. 1878 by kind permission of the Board of Trinity College Dublin

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E. I. Carlyle

revised by R. C. Cox

Fitzmaurice, Sir Maurice (1861–1924), civil engineer, was born on 11 May 1861 at Clogher, near Tralee, in co. Kerry, the son of a physician, Robert Fitzmaurice. He was educated at Armagh Royal Academy and in 1878 entered Trinity College, Dublin, to read civil engineering under ...

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Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice (1861–1924) by George Harcourt, exh. RA 1924 © Institution of Civil Engineers; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. P. Hollis

revised by I. Elliott

Gore, John Ellard (1845–1910), astronomical writer, was born, probably at Athlone, co. Westmeath, Ireland, on 1 June 1845, the eldest son of John Ribton Gore (1820–1894), archdeacon of Achonry, and his wife, Frances Brabazon, née Ellard (1816–1896). After being educated privately he entered ...

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Benjamin Williamson

revised by David Huddleston

Graves, Charles (1812–1899), bishop of Limerick and mathematician, was born in Dublin on 6 November 1812. He was the youngest son of John Crosbie Graves, chief police magistrate of Dublin, and of Helena, daughter of the Revd Charles Perceval of Templehouse, co. Sligo...

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Griffith, Sir Richard John, first baronet (1784–1878), geologist and valuator, was born at 8 Hume Street, Dublin, on 20 September 1784, the eldest son of Richard Griffith (1752–1820) and his wife, Charity Yorke Bramston of Oundle, Northamptonshire. His paternal grandparents were Richard Griffith (d. 1788)...