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Barry, Martin (1802–1855), microscopist and embryologist, was born on 28 March 1802 at Fratton, Hampshire, one of three or more children whose father had a mercantile concern in Nova Scotia, with ships trading along the coast and with the West Indies. Barry received a liberal education and, following his father's death, which left him with independent means, he spent some time with a relative in the ...

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Waddington, Conrad Hal (1905–1975), geneticist and embryologist, was born in Evesham on 8 November 1905, the only son and elder child of Hal Waddington, a tea planter, and his wife, Mary Ellen Warner, who both came from long established Quaker families. Not only were they first cousins but so also were ...