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Richard Chenevix (1774–1830) by James Hopwood the elder (after Pescorsky) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chenevix, Richard (1774–1830), chemist and mineralogist, was born at Ballycommon, near Dublin, the son of Daniel Chenevix, lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Irish Artillery, and his wife, Elizabeth Arabin. His ancestors had left France for Ireland after the revocation of the edict of Nantes and his father was a nephew of an earlier ...

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Dunstan, Albert Ernest (1878–1964), research chemist and petroleum technologist, was born on 25 January 1878 at 69 Washington Road, Sheffield, the only son of Arthur Dunstan (d. 1896), a workshop manager, and Mary Ann Wainwright (d. 1897). His father was shop manager for an old-established firm (...

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Field, Frederick (1826–1885), chemist and mineralogist, was born on 2 August 1826 in Lambeth, the second son of Charles Field, a partner in the family firm (founded before 1642) of candle manufacturers J. C. and J. Field, and his second wife, whose name is not known. He was educated at ...

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Kirwan, Richard (1733–1812), chemist and mineralogist, was born at Cloghballymore House, near Kinvara, co. Galway, Ireland, the second son of Martin Kirwan (d. 1741) of Cregg Castle, near Corrundulla, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Patrick French. After the death of his father he was placed in the care of his maternal grandparents at ...

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Woulfe, Peter (1727?–1803), chemist and mineralogist, was born in Ireland of unknown parentage. He studied chemistry with G. F. Rouelle, demonstrator at the Jardin du Roi in Paris, having acquired chemical and mineralogical knowledge through travel in France, Germany, Hungary, and Bohemia...

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Philip James Yorke (1799–1874) by unknown photographer reproduced courtesy of the Library and Information Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry

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Yorke, Philip James (1799–1874), chemist and mineralogist, was born at Ely, Cambridgeshire, on 13 October 1799, the eldest son of Philip Yorke, prebendary of Ely (1770–1817), and his wife, the Hon. Anna Maria (d. 1835), daughter of Charles Cocks, first Baron Somers...