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Agnes Mary Clerke (1842–1907) by Hayman Selig Mendelssohn © National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. P. Hollis

revised by M. T. Brück

Clerke, Agnes Mary (1842–1907), writer on astronomy, born at Skibbereen, co. Cork, on 10 February 1842, was the younger daughter of John William Clerke (1814–1890), and his wife, Catherine (1818–1897), daughter of Rickard Deasy of Clonakilty, co. Cork, and sister of Rickard Deasy...

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Sir Henry Charles Englefield, seventh baronet (c. 1752–1822) by Thomas Phillips, 1815 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Englefield, Sir Henry Charles, seventh baronet (c. 1752–1822), antiquary and writer on science, was the eldest of the five children of Sir Henry Englefield, sixth baronet (1715–1780), landowner, and his second wife, Catharine Buck (1725–1805), daughter of Sir Charles Buck, third baronet. A member of a long-established family of Catholic gentry, he is said to have been educated at one of the English Catholic colleges abroad. He succeeded his father as the seventh baronet in 1780, but moved from the family home at ...

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Forster, Thomas Ignatius Maria (1789–1860), writer on science and phrenologist, was born on 9 November 1789 in London. He was the eldest son of the botanist and antiquarian Thomas Furly Forster (1761–1825), and his wife, Susanna Williams. He was a nephew of Edward...

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Proctor, Richard Anthony (1837–1888), astronomer and science writer, was born on 23 March 1837 in Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London, the youngest of two sons and two daughters of William Proctor (d. 1850), a successful solicitor, and his wife, Mary (d. c...

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Jacob de Castro Sarmento (1692?–1762) by Richard Houston (after Robert Edge Pine) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sarmento, Jacob de Castro [formerly Henrique de Castro] (1692?–1762), physician and scientific writer, was born at Bragança, Portugal, as Henrique, the third son of Francisco de Castro de Almeida (b. 1651/2), tobacco merchant (estanqueiro), and his second wife, ...