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Henry Edward Armstrong (1848–1937) by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale, 1927 © reserved; photograph Royal Institution, London / Bridgeman Art Library

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Armstrong, Henry Edward (1848–1937), chemist and educational reformer, was born on 6 May 1848 at Caroline Place, Avenue Road, Lewisham, Kent, the eldest son of Richard Armstrong (1827–1884), a commission agent and importer, and his wife, Mary Ann Biddle. He was educated at ...

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Cook, Sir James Wilfred (1900–1975), organic chemist and educationist, was born in South Kensington, London, on 10 December 1900, the younger son (there was also a daughter) of Charles William Cook, coachman, of Hitchin, and his wife, Frances, daughter of Aaron Wall of ...

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Cory, Sir George Edward (1862–1935), chemist and historian, was born on 3 June 1862 at 9 Palatine Place, Stoke Newington, London, the son of George Nicholas Cory and his wife, Susannah Emma Flowers. His father followed a variety of occupations and never settled long in one place. ...

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Draper, John William (1811–1882), chemist and historian, was born in St Helens, Lancashire, on 5 May 1811, the third child and only son of John Christopher Draper (d. 1828/9), a Wesleyan minister of Heptonstall, Yorkshire, and his wife, Sarah Ripley (d...

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Druce, (John) Gerald Frederick (1894–1950), chemist and schoolmaster, was born on 8 December 1894 at 14 St John's Road, Leamington Spa, the son of Frederick Druce, an assistant manager of a coffee house (and later a gardener), and his wife, Hannah Freeman. Following the family's move to ...

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John Ferguson (1838–1916) by Sarony, 1880s courtesy of Glasgow University

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Ferguson, John (1838–1916), chemist and bibliographer, was born on 24 January 1838 at Alloa in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the second of three children of William Ferguson and his wife, Margaret Kidd. His father moved from Alloa at an early date, settling in Glasgow as a merchant. ...

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Hope, Thomas Charles (1766–1844), chemist and educationist, was born on 21 July 1766 in Edinburgh, the third of four sons and a daughter of John Hope (1725–1786), professor of botany at the University of Edinburgh, and his wife, Juliana, daughter of a Dr Stevenson...

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Sir James Colquhoun Irvine (1877–1952) by Elliott & Fry, 1910s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Irvine, Sir James Colquhoun (1877–1952), chemist and educationist, was born in Glasgow on 9 May 1877, the younger son of John Irvine, who came of yeoman farmer stock but was himself a manufacturer of light iron castings, and his wife, Mary Paton Colquhoun...

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Jhones, Basset (b. 1613/14), physician, chemist, and grammarian, was the son of Richard Jones (c.1581–1658) of Michaelston-super-Ely, Glamorgan, and Jane, daughter of Thomas Basset, of Miskin, Glamorgan. His father was the son of John ap George (d. 1631) of Llantryddyd...

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Jones, Bernard Mouat (1882–1953), chemist and university administrator, was born in Streatham on 27 November 1882, the fourth son of Alexander Mouat Jones, wine merchant, and his wife, Martha Eleanor Brinjes. He was educated at Queen's College, Streatham (1890–95), and at Dulwich College...

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Jones, Sir Brynmor (1903–1989), chemist and university administrator, was born at 4 Roberts Lane, Rhos, Denbighshire, on 20 September 1903, the son of William Edward Jones, an assistant schoolmaster at a county council school, and his wife, Hannah Jane, née Roberts. A native Welsh speaker, he was educated at local schools, ...

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Kane, Sir Robert John (1809–1890), chemist and educationist, was born at 48 Henry Street, Dublin, on 24 September 1809, the son of John Kane, a manufacturing chemist. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (1828–35), and studied medical and practical science in both ...

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Lewis, Jack, Baron Lewis of Newnham (1928–2014), inorganic chemist, environmentalist, and college head, was born on 13 February 1928 at 47 Paradise Street, Barrow-in-Furness. He was brought up by his grandmother, whom he adored. He was educated at Barrow County Grammar School (...

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Linnett, John Wilfrid [Jack] (1913–1975), chemist and university administrator, was born on 3 August 1913 at 4 Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, the only child of Alfred Thirlby Linnett, works accountant in the Rover car company, and his wife, Ethel Mary, typist, daughter of ...

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Sir (Reginald) Patrick Linstead (1902–1966) by Walter Stoneman, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Linstead, Sir (Reginald) Patrick (1902–1966), organic chemist and educationist, was born in London on 28 August 1902, the second son of Edward Flatman Linstead, pharmaceutical chemist, of London, and his wife, Florence Evelyn Hester. His elder brother was Hugh Linstead, who became MP for ...

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George Downing Liveing (1827–1924) by Olive Edis, 1923 private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London