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Adrain, Robert

Adrain, Robert (1775–1843), mathematician, was born 30 September 1775 in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, eldest among five children of a schoolteacher; his parents' names are not known. He received a good education, though he was self-taught in the higher mathematics. He lost both…

Algar, Joseph

Algar, Joseph (1890–1958), chemist, was born 15 April 1890 at 22 Arnott St, Dublin, eldest of eight children of Herbert Okell Algar, originally from Warwickshire, and Celia Algar (née Kelly) from Dublin. His father, who converted to catholicism on his marriage, was a master tailor…

Allman, George James

Allman, George James (1812–98), botanist and zoologist, was born at Cork, son of James Clugston Allman, a cotton manufacturer and, later, a distiller at nearby Bandon, and his wife, Sarah, née Lane; he was educated at the RBAI…

Allman, George Johnston

Allman, George Johnston (1824–1904), mathematician, was born 28 September 1824 in Dublin, a younger son of William Allman (qv), botanist. After a brilliant undergraduate career at TCD, he…

Allman, William

Allman, William (1776–1846), physician and botanist, was born 7 February 1776 at Kingston, Jamaica, son of Thomas Allman, described as a ‘gentleman’; from the age of four he was brought up in his mother's native Waterford. He entered TCD…

Anderson, Alexander

Anderson, Alexander (1858–1936), physicist and university administrator, was born 12 May 1858 near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, son of Daniel Anderson of Camus, Coleraine. He attended QCG, graduating BA…

Anderson, John

Anderson, John (1815–1905), woollen merchant, geologist, bibliographer, and local politician, was born 8 July 1815 near Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. After moving to Belfast he entered (1840) the woollen business in Donegall St. founded by James Young in 1795. Anderson's eminence…

Anderson, Richard John

Anderson, Richard John (1848–1914), scientist, was born 29 July 1848, second son of Richard Anderson and Elizabeth Anderson (née Harcourt) of Ballybot, Newry, Co. Down. He attended Newry School, and graduated MA and…

Andrews, Mary Katherine

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Andrews, Thomas

Andrews, Thomas (1813–85), doctor, physical chemist, and university administrator, was born 19 December 1813 at 3 Donegall Square, Belfast, eldest son of Thomas John Andrews, linen merchant, of the well known Andrews family of Comber, and Elizabeth Andrews (née Stevenson) of…

Andrews, William

Andrews, William (1802–80), naturalist, is said to have been born in Chichester, Sussex, England. Nothing is known of his family background or education; he is probably not the same as a William Andrews in Alumni Dublinenses, but he seems to have lived in Dublin as a young…

Antisell, Thomas

Antisell, Thomas (1817–93), physician, scientist, and Young Irelander, was born 16 January 1817 in Dublin, younger son of Thomas Christopher Antisell (b. 1766), KC (home circuit), of Gloucester St., Dublin, and Sraduff, near Birr, King's Co. (…

Apjohn, James

Apjohn, James (1796–1886), chemist and mineralogist, was born 1 September 1796 at Granard, Co. Limerick, son of Thomas Apjohn, tax collector, of Sunville House, Limerick. He attended Tipperary grammar school, and entered TCD (1813),…

Archer, William

Archer, William (1827–97), naturalist and librarian, was born 6 May 1827 (some sources have 1830), the eldest son of Richard Archer (1796?–1849), perpetual curate of Maghera hamlet, Co. Down, and his wife, Jane Matilda (née Campbell). Nothing is known of his education, though his…

Arensberg, Conrad Maynadier

Arensberg, Conrad Maynadier (1910–97), anthropologist and sociologist, was born 12 September 1910 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the eldest of the four sons of Charles F. C. Arensberg, attorney, from a steel and banking dynasty, and his wife, Emily Wright Maynadier Arensberg (née…

Armstrong, Edward Allworthy

Armstrong, Edward Allworthy (1900–78), clergyman, ornithologist, and scholar, was born 8 October 1900 in Belfast, son of Hamilton Armstrong and Mary Armstrong (née Allworthy), and grandson of Samuel Allworthy, a prominent Belfast physician. Armstrong was educated at…

Atkins, Henry St John

Atkins, Henry St John (1896–1987), president of UCC, was born in Cork on 19 March 1896, son of Patrick Atkins and Agnes Atkins (née Egan); he was educated at North Monastery school in Cork, and graduated…

Babington, William

Babington, William (1756–1833), doctor and mineralogist, was born 21 May 1756 in Portglenone, Co. Antrim, son of Humphrey Babington, curate of Ahoghill, and his wife Dorothea (née Buttle or Battle). His brothers Thomas and Richard became clergymen; another brother, David Babington…

Bailey, Kenneth Claude

Bailey, Kenneth Claude (1896–1951), chemist and university administrator, was born 9 May 1896, the son of C. W. Bailey. It is probable that Wellesley Cosby Bailey (qv) was a relative. Bailey was educated at St Andrew's College…

Baily, William Hellier

Baily, William Hellier (1819–88), palaeontologist and artist, was born 7 July 1819 in Bristol, England, into a family of carvers and sculptors. He was curatorial assistant of Bristol museum (1837–44); served the Geological Survey of Great Britain as draughtsman (1844), assistant…

Ball, John

Ball, John (1818–89), scientist, politician, and mountain traveller, was born 20 August 1818 in Dublin, eldest son among four children of Nicholas Ball (qv), politician and judge, and Jane Ball (neé Sherlock) of Butlerstown, Co.…

Ball, Mary

Ball, Mary (1812–98), entomologist and conchologist, was born in Cobh, Co. Cork, on 15 February 1812, the younger of the two daughters of Robert Stawell Ball and his wife, Mary (née Green). Along with her siblings Robert Ball (qv) and Ann,…

Ball, Robert

Ball, Robert (1802–57), naturalist, was born 1 April 1802 at Cove (Cobh), Co. Cork, eldest of four sons and third of nine children of Bob Stawell Ball, mayor of Youghal, and Mary Ball (née Green). Educated in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and later at the quaker school, Ballitore, Co.…

Ball, Sir Robert Stawell

Ball, Sir Robert Stawell (1840–1913), astronomer and mathematician, was born 1 July 1840 at Granby Row, Dublin, son of Robert Ball (qv), LLD, curator of the museum at…

Ball, Valentine

Ball, Valentine (1843–95), geologist, was born in Dublin, second son and fourth child of Robert Ball (qv), naturalist, and Amelia Ball (née Hellicar). He was educated at a private school in Chester, at Rathmines School, and at…