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Sir William Robert Grove (1811–1896) by Maull & Polyblank, 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London


Grove, Sir William Robert (1811–1896), natural philosopher and judge, was born in Swansea on 11 July 1811, the only son of John Grove, a magistrate and deputy lieutenant of Glamorgan and his wife, Anne Bevan. Educated by a succession of private tutors, he entered ...