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Caesar, Julius (1656?–1712?), apothecary and composer  

W. B. Squire

revised by Patrick Wallis

Caesar, Julius (1656?–1712?), apothecary and composer, lived at Rochester. He was the author of three convivial catches which appeared in the sixth edition of The Pleasant Musical Companion (1720). He practised in Strood and Rochester, Kent, presumably with some success, for in 1711 he could charge a ...


Foulis, David (1710–1773), composer and physician  

Helen Goodwill

Foulis, David (1710–1773), composer and physician, was born on 8 October 1710 at Woodhall, Currie, Edinburghshire, the second of two sons and four daughters born to William Foulis (1674–1737) of Woodhall, an advocate, and his second wife, Helen Hepburn. David Foulis studied medicine at ...


Harington, Henry (1727–1816), composer and physician  

Gordon Goodwin

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Harington, Henry (1727–1816), composer and physician, was born at Kelston, Somerset, on 29 September 1727, the second son of Henry Harington (1686–1769) and his wife, Mary Backwell (bur. 1731). He was descended from Henry VIII's treasurer of the army, ...


Kohn, Sir Ralph (1927–2016), pharmacologist, singer, and philanthropist  

Michael Yudkin

Kohn, Sir Ralph (1927–2016), pharmacologist, singer, and philanthropist, was born in Leipzig on 9 December 1927, the fifth and last child of Marcus (Max) Kohn (1889–1971), textile dealer, and his wife, Lena, née Aschheim (1891–1978). His father had been born in ...


Neel, (Louis) Boyd (1905–1981), conductor and medical practitioner  

Diana McVeagh

Neel, (Louis) Boyd (1905–1981), conductor and medical practitioner, was born on 19 July 1905 at 30 Ulundi Road, Blackheath, London, the only child of Louis Anthoine Neel, a paint manufacturer, and his wife Ruby Le Couteur; both families came from Jersey. He was educated at the ...


Robbins, Clive Edward (1927–2011), pioneer of music therapy  

Fraser W. B. Simpson

Robbins, Clive Edward (1927–2011), pioneer of music therapy, was born into a baker's family on 23 July 1927 at 37 Oscott Road, Handsworth, Birmingham. His passion from a young age was music. He thrived at piano lessons from the age of fourteen and absorbed himself in popular and classical music. At the age of sixteen he joined the ...