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Mason, Stephen Finney (1923–2007), chemist and historian of science, was born on 6 July 1923 at 11 Prebend Street, Leicester, the son of Leonard Stephen Mason, motor bus proprietor, and his wife, Crissie Harriette, née Finney, both of 24 Leicester Road, Anstey, four miles...

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James Riddick Partington (1886–1965) by Ruth Partington Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London

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Partington, James Riddick (1886–1965), chemist and historian of science, was born on 20 June 1886 at 194 Morris Green Lane, Middle Hulton, Lancashire, the only son and first of the three children of Alfred Partington, bookkeeper of Bolton, and his wife, Mary Agnes...

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Russell, Colin Archibald (1928–2013), chemist and historian of science, was born on 9 July 1928 at 72 Pendennis Road, Streatham, London, the son of Archibald Leonard Russell, a branch manager for an insurance company, and his wife, Jessie Winifred, née Price (1895–1982), who had been a teacher before her marriage. He was taught by ...

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Cyril Stanley Smith (1903–1992) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Cyril Stanley (1903–1992), metallurgist and historian of technology, was born on 4 October 1903 in Birmingham, the third of the four children of Joseph Seymour Smith, a commercial traveller for Camp coffee, and his wife, Frances, née Norton (1871–1949). He was brought up in a Methodist household. He was educated by avidly reading the ...

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Taylor, Frank Sherwood (1897–1956), chemist and historian of science, was born on 26 November 1897 at Bickley, Bromley, Kent, the son of Seaton Frank Taylor (1844–1930), a prosperous solicitor, and his wife, Helen Sennerth Davidson. He was educated at Sherborne School and won a classical scholarship at ...