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Carswell, Sir Robert (1793–1857), physician and pathological anatomist, was born on 3 February 1793 in Paisley, the son of Robert Carswell, a print cutter of Thornliebank, and his wife, Bethia Foulds. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, and probably took an anatomy course at the ...

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Helen Chambers (1879–1935) by Reginald Haines, pubd 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chambers, Helen (1879–1935), pathologist and cancer research worker, was born on 18 July 1879 in Bombay, India, the only daughter of Frederick Chambers, of the Indian Civil Service. Her family returned to Britain and she was educated at the Jersey Ladies' College, and later at ...

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FitzGerald, Mabel Purefoy (1872–1973), physiologist and clinical pathologist, was born on 3 August 1872 at North Hall, Preston Candover, Hampshire, the last of the seven children of Richard Purefoy FitzGerald (1837–1895) and his wife, Henrietta Mary (d. 1895), daughter of the Revd Anthony Chester...

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Sir Alexander Haddow (1907–1976) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haddow, Sir Alexander (1907–1976), experimental pathologist in cancer research, was born on 18 January 1907, at Leven, Fife, Scotland, the elder son of William Haddow (1864–1928), miner, later a landlord of a hostelry, and his wife, Margaret Docherty (1870–1922), the daughter of a hawker and coachman. The family lived in ...

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Martin, Sir Charles James (1866–1955), physiologist and pathologist, was born at Wilmot House, Dalston, London, on 9 January 1866, the twelfth child and youngest son of Josiah Martin, actuary in the British Life Assurance Company, and his second wife, Elizabeth Mary née Lewis (1830/31–1917)...

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Reid, John (1809–1849), anatomist and pathologist, sixth child of Henry Reid, farmer and cattle dealer, and his wife, Jean Orr, was born at Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, on 9 April 1809. He entered Edinburgh University aged fourteen to study Greek, Latin, and mathematics, and later transferred to medicine. He studied physiology in the class of ...

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Sir John Scott Burdon Sanderson, baronet (1828–1905) by Walter William Ouless, 1886 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sanderson, Sir John Scott Burdon, baronet (1828–1905), pathologist and physiologist, was born at Jesmond, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 21 December 1828, the second son and fourth child of Richard Burdon Sanderson (1791–1865), at one time fellow of Oriel College, Oxford; originally surnamed ...