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Frankland, Sir Edward (1825–1899), chemist, was born on 18 January 1825 at Churchtown, Garstang, Lancashire, the son of Margaret Frankland (1797–1881), daughter of John Frankland (1770–1811), calico printer, and his wife, Molly (née Dunderdale). Frankland's father, to whom his mother was not married, was ...

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Sir Edward Frankland (1825–1899) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Robert Robinson (1886–1975) by Wolfgang Suschitzky, 1944 [Oxford scientists [left to right]: Sir Edward Abraham (1913-1999), Wilson Baker, and Sir Ernst Chain (1906-1979), ] © Wolfgang Suschitzky / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robinson, Sir Robert (1886–1975), chemist, was born on 13 September 1886 at Rufford Farm, Barlow Road, Chesterfield, the eldest of five children of William Bradbury Robinson (1826–1911), textile manufacturer, and his second wife, Jane Davenport (1863–1950). His mother was a member of an old ...

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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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George Wilson (1818–1859) by Thomas Rodger © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, George (1818–1859), chemist and museum director, the son of Archibald Wilson (1784–1843), a wine merchant from Argyll, and his wife, Janet Aitken, was born at Edinburgh on 21 February 1818 with a twin brother, John, who died in 1836. His elder brother, ...