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Acheson, Roy Malcolm (1921–2003), epidemiologist, was born at 67 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, on 18 August 1921, the elder son of Malcolm King Acheson (d. 1962), medical doctor, and his wife, Dorothy Josephine, née Rennoldson d. 1976. He was originally named Malcolm Roy...

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Barker, David James Purslove (1938–2013), physician and epidemiologist, was born at the Wilbraham Nursing Home, 3 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, London, on 29 June 1938, the younger son and second of three children of Hugh Purslove Barker (1909–1984), an engineer and businessman (later chairman and managing director of the ...

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Buchanan, Sir George (1831–1895), epidemiologist and civil servant, was born on 5 November 1831 at Myddleton Square, Islington, London, the elder son of George Adam Buchanan, general practitioner, and his wife, Sarah Mary, daughter of Thomas Harrison. He was educated in London at ...

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Budd, William (1811–1880), physician and epidemiologist, was born on 14 September 1811 at Melhuishes in the village of North Tawton, Devon, where his father, Samuel (1772–1841), practised as a surgeon until his death. Previous generations had been educated at Oxford, but Samuel appears to have studied medicine via apprenticeship and service in the navy. ...

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Burkitt, Denis Parsons (1911–1993), surgeon and geographical epidemiologist, was born at Alexander Terrace, Enniskillen, co. Fermanagh, Ireland, on 28 February 1911, the elder of the two sons of James Parsons Burkitt (1870–1959), an engineer and county surveyor for Fermanagh, and his wife, Gwendolyn Hill (1878–1960)...

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Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911–1993) by Godfrey Argent, 1973 Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Carter, Henry Vandyke (1831–1897), epidemiologist, was born on 22 May 1831 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, where he was baptized on 8 July 1831, the son of Henry Barlow Carter (1803–1868), a well-known professional marine and landscape artist who worked in Scarborough, and his wife ...

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Claypon, Janet Elizabeth Lane- [married name Janet Elizabeth Forber, Lady Forber] (1877–1967), physiologist and epidemiologist, was born on 3 February 1877 at 118 High Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, the second of four children of William Ward Claypon Lane-Claypon, (1845–1939), banker, and his wife, ...

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Cochrane, Archibald Leman (1909–1988), medical scientist and epidemiologist, was born in Galashiels on 12 January 1909, the second child in the family of a daughter and three sons of Walter Francis Cochrane, of Kirklands, manufacturer of Scottish tweed, and his wife, Mabel Purdom...

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Sir (William) Richard Shaboe Doll (1912–2005) by Michael Crabtree, 2004 © Troika Photos

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Doll, Sir (William) Richard Shaboe (1912–2005), physician and epidemiologist, was born at 15 Park Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, on 28 October 1912, the elder son of Henry William Doll, physician and surgeon, and his wife, Amy Kathleen, née Shaboe, concert pianist. He was educated at ...

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William Farr (1807–1883) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Farr, William (1807–1883), statistician and epidemiologist, was born on 30 November 1807 in Kenley, Shropshire, the first of five children of John Farr (1783–1864), farm labourer, and his wife, Catherine (1780–1845). While he was still an infant his parents moved to Dorrington near ...

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Fletcher, Charles Montague (1911–1995), epidemiologist and broadcaster, was born in Cambridge on 5 June 1911, the son of Sir Walter Morley Fletcher FRS (1873–1933), of Burrels Field, Cambridge, fellow of Trinity College and first secretary of the Medical Research Council (MRC), and Mary Frances, ...

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Charles Montague Fletcher (1911–1995) by Nick Sinclair, 1994 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Greenhow, Edward Headlam (1814–1888), epidemiologist and physician, was born in North Shields, Northumberland, the son of Edward Greenhow, physician, of North Shields, and nephew of T. M. Greenhow MD FRCS (1791–1881), surgeon for many years to the Newcastle Infirmary, a notable operator and sanitary reformer (...

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Greenwood, Major (1880–1949), epidemiologist and medical statistician, was born in Shoreditch, east London, on 9 August 1880, the eldest son and only surviving child of Major Greenwood (1854–1917), general practitioner, and his wife, Annie (1858–1904), daughter of P. C. Burchell MB. Greenwood's two younger siblings both died of tuberculosis in infancy; his mother died of the same disease shortly after he had qualified in medicine. During ...

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Inman, William Howard Wallace [Bill] (1929–2005), medical researcher and pharmaco-epidemiologist, was born on 1 August 1929 at Braehead, Higher Drive, Cuddington, near Epsom, Surrey, the eldest of three sons of Wallace Mills Inman, industrial chemist, and later chairman of ICI's alkali division, and his wife, ...

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Kermack, William Ogilvy (1898–1970), biochemist and mathematical epidemiologist, was born on 26 April 1898 at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, the only son of William Kermack, postman, and his wife, Helen, née Ogilvy (d. 1904). After his mother's death he was mainly brought up by his father's sister. At five he was sent to a local school, ...

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McKendrick, Anderson Gray (1876–1943), mathematician, epidemiologist, and army officer, was born on 8 September 1876 at 1 Chester Street, Edinburgh, youngest of the five children of John Gray McKendrick (1841–1926), professor of physiology in Glasgow, and his wife, Mary Souttar (1842–1896), eldest daughter of ...