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Arthur Aikin (1773–1854) by William Brockedon, 1826 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aikin, Arthur (1773–1854), natural scientist and author, was born on 19 May 1773 at Warrington, Lancashire, the eldest son of John Aikin (1747–1822) and his wife, Martha (c.1746–1830), daughter of Arthur Jennings of Cheapside, London. His brothers were Charles Rochemont Aikin...

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Boase, Henry Samuel (1799–1883), geologist and chemist, was born at 6 Knightsbridge, London, on 2 September 1799, the third child of Henry Boase (1763–1827), a banker, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Matthew Craige. He came from an extensive Cornish family; three of his nephews, ...

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Forbes, David (1828–1876), geological chemist and mining engineer, was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, on 6 September 1828, one of the eight surviving children and fifth son of Edward Forbes (b. 1786) of Oakhill and Croukbane, near Douglas, a Manx banker and businessman, and ...

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Hall, Sir James, of Dunglass, fourth baronet (1761–1832), chemist and geologist, was born on 17 January 1761 at Dunglass, East Lothian, the eldest son of Sir John Hall, third baronet (1710/11–1776), and his wife, Magdalen (d. 1763), daughter of Sir John Pringle...

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Hunton, Louis [Lewis] (bap. 1814, d. 1838), geologist and chemist, was born at Hummersea House, Loftus, North Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized on 6 August 1814. He was the son of William Hunton (1789–1863), manager of the local alum works and ship-owner, and ...

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Mackenzie, Sir George Steuart, seventh baronet (1780–1848), chemist, geologist, and antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 22 June 1780, only surviving child of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, sixth baronet (c.1741–1796), a major-general in the Bengal army, and Katherine (d. 1829), daughter of ...