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Lyon Playfair, first Baron Playfair (1818–1898) by Maull & Polyblank, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Playfair, Lyon, first Baron Playfair (1818–1898), politician and chemist, was born on 21 May 1818 at either Meerut (Who's Who) or Chunar in Bengal (Reid), second son of eight children of George Playfair (1782–1846), chief inspector-general of hospitals in ...