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Darlington, Cyril Dean (1903–1981), cytogeneticist and evolutionist, was born on 19 December 1903 in Chorley, Lancashire, the younger son (there were no daughters) of William Henry Robertson Darlington (1866–1943), a schoolmaster, and his wife, Ellen Frankland (b. 1874). He attended Heathside elementary school...


Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....