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Sir William Crookes (1832–1919) by Albert Ludovici, c. 1884–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Crookes, Sir William (1832–1919), chemist and science journalist, was born on 17 June 1832 at 143 Regent Street, London, the eldest son of the sixteen children of Joseph Crookes (1792–1884), a tailor from Yorkshire, and his second wife, Mary Scott of Aynhoe, Northamptonshire...


Stewart, Alfred Walter (1880–1947), chemist and novelist, was born on 5 September 1880 at 18 Annfield Terrace, Partick, Glasgow, the youngest of three sons of the Revd William Stewart, professor of divinity and biblical criticism at Glasgow University, and his wife, Jane (...