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Fish, Sir Hugh (1923–1999), environmental chemist and water manager, was born on 6 January 1923 in Woodlesford, Yorkshire, the second son and second of the four children of Leonard Mark Fish (d. 1963), a naval seaman and Post Office employee, and his wife, ...

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Fowden, Sir Leslie (1925–2008), plant biochemist, was born on 13 October 1925 at Birch Hill House, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancashire, the only child of Herbert Fowden (1878–1960), an iron turner at Turner Brothers, ironfounders, and his wife, Amy Dorothy (1891–1960), a cotton minder and daughter of ...

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Murray, Sir Kenneth [Ken] (1930–2013), chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 30 December 1930 at 28 Queen Street, East Ardsley, Yorkshire, the younger son of Allen Murray and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, née Sheard. His father was a colliery ropeman in a mine and a member of a mine rescue team. When ...

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Sanger, Frederick [Fred] (1918–2013), biochemist and molecular biologist, was born on 13 August 1918 at the Old House, Rendcomb, Gloucestershire, the son of Frederick Sanger (1876–1937), general practitioner and medical missionary, and his wife, Cicely, née Crewdson (1880–1938), the youngest of six children of ...

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Frederick Sanger (1918–2013) by unknown photographer, 1958 Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy Stock Photo

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Spinks, Alfred (1917–1982), chemist and biologist, was born in the fens village of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, on 25 February 1917, the only child of Alfred Robert Spinks, manager of a Littleport brewery, and his wife, Ruth Harley. He was educated at Soham grammar school...