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Henry Letheby (1816–1876) by W. & D. Downey © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Letheby, Henry (1816–1876), analytical chemist and public health official, was born in Plymouth. He began his study of chemistry at the Cornwall Polytechnic Society in Falmouth. In 1837 he enrolled in Aldersgate Street medical school, where he was a class prizewinner and subsequently assistant of ...