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William Allen Miller (1817–1870) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A. M. Clerke

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Miller, William Allen (1817–1870), chemist, was born on 17 December 1817 at Ipswich, the eldest son in the family of three sons and three daughters of William Miller (1788–1861) and his wife, Frances (Fanny) Bowyer, née Vaux (1785–1854). William Miller was employed in the firm of ...

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B. B. Woodward

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Pattinson, Hugh Lee (1796–1858), metallurgical chemist, was born on 25 December 1796, at Alston, Cumberland, the son of Thomas Pattinson, a shopkeeper of that town, and his wife, Margaret Lee. Both his parents were members of the Society of Friends. Hugh was educated at small private schools, but from an early age assisted his father, who died on 19 May 1812. He succeeded in acquiring a knowledge of electricity, and when only seventeen constructed some electrical apparatus; he also studied chemistry, especially in connection with metallurgy. On 25 December 1815 he married ...