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Arnott, Struther (1934–2013), molecular biologist and university principal, was born at 39 Burnhead Road, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, on 25 September 1934, the son of Charles McCann, a farmer, and Christina Struthers Arnott (1900–1965), an honours graduate in chemistry and mathematics who later became a schoolteacher. He was educated at ...

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William Benjamin Carpenter (1813–1885) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carpenter, William Benjamin (1813–1885), biologist and university administrator, was born in Exeter on 29 October 1813, the fourth child and eldest son of Dr Lant Carpenter (1780–1840) and his wife, Anna (d. 1856), daughter of James Penn, of Kidderminster. He was the brother of ...

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Neal, Ernest Gordon (1911–1998), biologist and schoolmaster, was born on 20 May 1911 at 106 St Johns Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, the youngest child in the family of two sons and two daughters of the Revd Frederick Neal (d. 1952), a Baptist minister, and his Scottish wife, ...

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Newbigin, Marion Isabel (1869–1934), geographer and biologist, was born in Alnwick, Northumberland, one of five daughters and three sons in the family of James Lesslie Newbigin, pharmacist. Her sister Maude was lecturer in history and deputy principal of the Day Training College, Portsmouth...

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George John Romanes (1848–1894) by Elliott & Fry, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Romanes, George John [pseuds. Physicus, Metaphysicus] (1848–1894), evolutionary biologist, was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on 20 May 1848, the third son of the Revd George Romanes and Isabella Gair Smith. His father, who taught Greek at the small university in ...

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Sir (Walter) Baldwin Spencer (1860–1929) by unknown photographer reproduced courtesy of Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

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Spencer, Sir (Walter) Baldwin (1860–1929), biologist and anthropologist, was born on 23 June 1860 at Stretford, Lancashire, the second of eleven children of Reuben Spencer (1830–1901) and his wife, Martha (1832–1906), née Circuit. Reuben, a pillar of Manchester congregationalism, rose from clerk to managing director of ...

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Joseph Sidney Weiner (1915–1982) by unknown photographer, early 1970s Institute of Biological Anthropology

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Weiner, Joseph Sidney (1915–1982), human biologist and environmental physiologist, was born on 29 June 1915 at Nourse Mines in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the second of the seven children of Robert Weiner (1885–1966), general dealer, and his wife Fanny (Chana), née Simon (1896–1978)...