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Robert Edmond Grant (1793–1874) by Thomas Herbert Maguire, 1852 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grant, Robert Edmond (1793–1874), comparative anatomist and transmutationist, was born in Edinburgh on 11 November 1793. He was the seventh son in the family of twelve sons and two daughters of Alexander Grant (d. 1808), a wealthy writer to the signet, and ...

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Harris, Sir Henry (1925–2014), cell biologist, was born in Potchep, Russia, on 28 January 1925, the son of Sam and Ann Khoros, Russian Jewish immigrants. He never spoke of his origins and his autobiography started at the age of four with ‘my earliest memories’ in ...

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Harrison, Sir Richard John (1920–1999), anatomist and marine biologist, was born on 8 October 1920 at 30 Carson Road, Norwood, London, the son of Geoffrey Arthur Harrison, reader in chemical pathology at London University (St Bartholomew's), and Theodora Beatrice Mary, née West. From ...

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Smith, Audrey Ursula (1915–1981), medical scientist and cryobiologist, was born in India on 21 May 1915, and baptized at Chindwara, India, one of the two children of Alan Kenyon Smith, of the Indian Civil Service, and Gertrude May Smith.

Audrey Smith entered King's College, London...

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Audrey Ursula Smith (1915–1981) by unknown photographer, c. 1950 National Institute for Medical Research

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Warner [née Brooks], Anne Elizabeth (1940–2012), physiologist and developmental biologist, was born on 25 August 1940 at Redhill County Hospital, Edgware, Middlesex, the only child of James Frederick Crompton Brooks (1914–1996), an engineer then serving as a technical costs officer in the ...

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Anne Elizabeth Warner (1940–2012) by unknown photographer, c.1968 © The Royal Society

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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)...

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Willmer, (Edward) Nevill (1902–2001), histologist and biologist, was born on 15 August 1902 at 66 Park Road West, Claughton, Birkenhead, the youngest of five sons of Arthur Washington Willmer, a Liverpool cotton-broker, and his wife, Janet Mary, née Cooper. The family holiday home in ...