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Sir George Biddell Airy (1801–1892) by Maull & Polyblank, c. 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Airy, Sir George Biddell (1801–1892), astronomer, was born at Alnwick, Northumberland, on 27 July 1801, the eldest of the four children of William Airy (1749–1827), of Luddington in Lincolnshire. His mother, Ann Biddell (d. 1841), a woman of strong character and natural abilities, was the daughter of a well-to-do farmer from near ...

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Barker, John (1708–1749), physician, son of John Barker of Derbyshire, was born on 18 April 1708. He was educated at St Thomas's Hospital, London, and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he matriculated in March 1728 and graduated BA in 1731, MA and MB in 1737, and DM in 1743....

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Barnard, John, the younger (1704/5–1784), shipbuilder, was born in Ipswich, the son of John Barnard the elder (1665–1717), shipbuilder of the borough of Ipswich, and his wife, Mary (1666–1733). He probably attended the academy for dissenters in Ipswich. In 1723 he was apprenticed to ...

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Barningham, John (d. 1449), prior of Ipswich and theologian, is of unknown origins. After joining the Carmelites in Ipswich he studied theology at Paris and Oxford, in both of which universities he was said to have incepted as a doctor. In 1448 he was appointed prior of ...

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Sir (William) Lawrence Bragg (1890–1971) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bragg, Sir (William) Lawrence (1890–1971), physicist and crystallographer, was born on 31 March 1890 at 58/60 Lefevre Terrace, Adelaide, Australia, the elder son (the younger, Robert, was killed at Gallipoli in 1915) and eldest of the three children of Sir William Henry Bragg (1862–1942)...

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Bright, Henry (1810?–1873), watercolour painter, was born in Saxmundham in Suffolk, third son and probably youngest of the nine children of Jerome Bright (1770–1846), a clockmaker and jeweller, and his wife, Susannah Denny (c.1771–1842). Bright's date of birth is uncertain: the most likely date is 5 June 1810, although both his death certificate and gravestone state that he was fifty-nine when he died. The ...

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Sir Philip Bowes Vere Broke, first baronet (1776–1841) by Charles Turner, pubd 1816 (after Samuel Lane, exh. RA 1814) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Broke, Sir Philip Bowes Vere, first baronet (1776–1841), naval officer, was born at Broke Hall, near Ipswich, on 9 September 1776, the eldest son of Philip Bowes Broke (1749–1801) of Nacton, Suffolk, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 25 June 1822), daughter of ...