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Clift, William (1775–1849), museum curator and scientific illustrator, was born at Burcombe, near Bodmin, Cornwall, on 14 February 1775, and was baptized (as William Cleft) in the Bodmin parish church on 12 April that year. He was the youngest of the seven children (...

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Edward Whitaker Gray (1748–1806) by Sir Augustus Wall Callcott [detail] © Royal Society

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Gray, Edward Whitaker (1748–1806), physician and museum curator, was born on 21 March 1748, probably in London, the second son of Samuel Gray (bap. 1693?, d. 1766), seedsman, and his wife, Juliana, née Kelly (d. 1774). An older brother, Samuel Gray (1739–1771)...

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Sheppard, Thomas (1876–1945), museum director and writer on geology, was born on 2 October 1876 in South Ferriby, Lincolnshire, but spent his entire life in east Yorkshire. He was the eldest of a family of ten born to Harvey Sheppard (1848–1912) of Wiltshire...

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Taylor, John Ellor (1837–1895), curator and popularizer of science, was born on 21 September 1837 at Levenshulme, near Manchester, the eldest son of William Taylor (d. 1864), a Lancashire cotton-factory foreman, and his wife, Maria Ellor (b. c.1806, d. after 1895)...