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Clarke [née Green], Patricia Hannah (1919–2010), microbial biochemist, was born on 29 July 1919 at 43 Mackintosh Road, The Common, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, the elder daughter of David Samuel Green (1891–1957), marine store dealer, and his wife, Daisy Lilian Amy, née Willoughby (1889–1970)...

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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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Ingram, Vernon Martin (1924–2006), molecular biologist, was born Werner Adolf Martin Immerwahr on 19 May 1924 in Breslau, Germany, the younger son and youngest of three children of Kurt Immerwahr, timber merchant, and his wife, Johanna, née Freund. He had a brother, Heinrich (later Henry)...

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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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Orgel, Leslie Eleazer (1927–2007), theoretical chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 12 January 1927 at 17 St Kildas Road, Stoke Newington, London, the son of Simon Orgel, a boot and shoe-lace dealer, and his wife, Deborah, née Grivisch. He was educated at the ...

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Max Ferdinand Perutz (1914–2002) by Graham Wood, 1987 The Times / NI Syndication ; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Perutz, Max Ferdinand (1914–2002), chemist and molecular biologist, was born on 19 May 1914 in Vienna, the only son of Hugo Perutz, textile industrialist, and his wife, Adèle. He was educated at Vienna's Theresianum after which he elected to study organic and inorganic chemistry at the ...

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Preece, Isaac Arthur (1907–1964), biochemist and brewing scientist, was born on 19 March 1907 at 90 Worcester Street, Birmingham, to Isaac Arthur Preece, a master bassinette maker, and his wife, Isabel Wright. He was educated at Birmingham Central secondary school and at the ...

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Rosenheim, (Sigmund) Otto (1871–1955), organic chemist and biochemist, was born at Würzburg, Germany, on 29 November 1871, the second son of Meier Rosenheim and his wife, Adelheid. He studied in Würzburg for his PhD, being examined on his thesis by Hantzsch, and also spent some time in ...

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

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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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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...