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J. M. Cameron

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Camps, Francis Edward (1905–1972), forensic scientist, was born on 28 June 1905 at Teddington, Middlesex, the eldest of the three sons of Percy William Leopold Camps (1878–1956), a general practitioner and surgeon, and his wife, Alice, daughter of Joseph Redfern, of Matlock. He was educated at ...

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Duncan, Andrew (1773–1832), physician and expert in forensic science, was born in Edinburgh on 10 August 1773, the eldest of the twelve children born to Andrew Duncan (1744–1828), professor of the institutes of medicine, and his wife, Mary Knox. He was the only child to follow his father into the medical profession, and shared many interests with him; the elder ...

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Henry Faulds (1843–1930) by unknown photographer, pubd 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Hay, Matthew (1855–1932), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, was born at Hill Head, Denny, Stirlingshire, on 27 December 1855, the son of Matthew Hay, colliery owner, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Stirling). An outstanding scholar, educated at Dollar Academy...

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Sir William James Herschel, second baronet (1833–1917) by unknown photographer private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Herschel, Sir William James, second baronet (1833–1917), developer of fingerprinting and judge, was born on 9 January 1833, probably in Slough, the eldest child of the three sons and nine daughters of Sir John Herschel, first baronet (1792–1871), astronomer and chemist, and his wife, ...

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Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn (1826–1914) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Littlejohn, Sir Henry Duncan (1826–1914), medical officer of health and expert in forensic medicine, was born on 8 May 1826 at the family home, 33 Leith Street, Edinburgh, the seventh of the nine children of Thomas Littlejohn, master baker and a burgess of ...

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Maclagan, Sir Andrew Douglas (1812–1900), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, born on 17 April 1812 in Ayr, was the eldest of seven sons of David Maclagan and his wife, Jane, daughter of Philip Whiteside, a medical practitioner of Ayr...

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McGrath, Patrick Gerard (1916–1994), forensic psychiatrist, was born in Glasgow on 10 June 1916, the only son of Patrick McGrath (1873–1960), headmaster, and his wife, Mary, née Murray (1874–1925), schoolteacher. He had two sisters, Sarah and Molly. His family were of Irish Catholic immigrant stock. His father, the headmaster of 'a large school in a ...

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A. H. Millar

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Ogston, Francis (bap. 1803, d. 1887), expert in forensic medicine, baptized in Aberdeen on 23 July 1803, was the third son of Alexander Ogston, the founder of a large soap factory in Aberdeen, and his wife, Helen Milne. He was educated at the grammar school and at ...

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Rainy, Harry (1792–1876), expert in forensic medicine, was born at Creich, Sutherland, on 20 October 1792, the youngest son of the Revd George Rainy (1733/4–1810), minister of Creich, and his wife, Anne (1750–1833), daughter of the Revd Gilbert Robertson of Kincardine. His elder brother was the merchant and slave owner, ...

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Francis Camps

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Smith, Sir Sydney Alfred (1883–1969), forensic scientist, was born at Roxburgh, in the goldfields of Otago, in New Zealand, on 4 August 1883, the youngest child of James Jackson Smith, contractor to the municipality, making and repairing roads. His father was a Londoner who had emigrated to ...

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Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury (1877–1947) by Edward Cahen Edward Cahen Collection, MS4, University of Exeter Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spilsbury, Sir Bernard Henry (1877–1947), forensic pathologist, was born on 16 May 1877 at 35 Bath Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the eldest of the three children of James Spilsbury, a manufacturing chemist, and his wife, Marion Elizabeth, formerly Joy, of Stafford.