Byrne, Patricia M.

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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…

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…

Barrett, Rosa (Mary)

Barrett, Rosa (Mary) (1854–1936) philanthropist, child-care worker, and suffragist, was born 15 January 1854 in Royston, Hertfordshire, England, daughter of the Rev. W. G. Barrett and Martha Barrett (née Fletcher). From the 1860s she was resident with her family in Dublin. Her…

Barrett, William Fletcher

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Barrington, Richard Manliffe

Barrington, Richard Manliffe (1849–1915), naturalist and ornithologist, was born 22 May 1849 at his family home of Fassaroe, Co. Wicklow, eighth and youngest son of Edward Barrington, JP, and the only son and eldest child of his second wife…

Bates, Sir David Robert

Bates, Sir David Robert (1916–94), theoretical physicist and founder member of the Alliance party, was born 18 November 1916 at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, second surviving child among four children of Walter Vivian Bates, pharmacist, from Mountrath, Queen's Co. (Laois), and Mary Olive Bates…

Bell, Elizabeth Gould

Bell, Elizabeth Gould (1862?–1934), medical doctor and suffragist, was born in Newry, Co. Down, daughter of Joseph Bell of Spring Hill, Newry, clerk of the Newry Union. Little is known of her childhood and early education. With her sister Margaret Bell, she completed one year's…

Bell, John Stewart

Bell, John Stewart (1928–90), physicist, was born 28 July 1928 in Belfast, second child among one daughter and three sons of John Bell and Annie Bell (née Brownlee) of Tate's Avenue, Belfast. Both families were of Scottish protestant extraction. Although his father had left school…

Black, Joseph

Black, Joseph (1728–99), chemist, was born 16 April 1728 in Bordeaux, France, ninth child among eight sons and five daughters of John Black (1681–1767), wine-merchant from Belfast, whose family originally came from Scotland, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Robert Gordon of…

Bowles, William

Bowles, William (1720?–1780), naturalist and geologist, was probably born in 1720 near Cork city (some sources give his birth as 1705). He studied law in London at his parents' behest, but abandoned it in 1740 to study natural history, chemistry, metallurgy, and astronomy in Paris.…

Browne, Patrick

Browne, Patrick (c.1720–1790), botanist and physician, was born at Woodstock, Crossboyne, Co. Mayo, fourth son of Edward Browne, landowner; his mother's name is not known. In 1737 he went to live in Antigua with a relative, but ill health prompted his return to Europe,…

Butler, James Bayley

Butler, James Bayley (1884–1964), biologist and academic, was born 8 April 1884 at Secundrabad, India, only son among four children of Col. James William Butler and Henrietta Butler (née Bayley). His father had been an administrator in the East India Company. On his family's…

Carte, Alexander

Carte, Alexander (1805–81), natural historian, was born 11 August 1805 at Newcastle, Co. Limerick, one of two sons of Edward Carte, JP, agent for the Devon estates in Co. Limerick, and Margaret Carte (née Elliot), of Killocrin, Co. Kerry. After…

Clear, Thomas

Clear, Thomas (1911–94), forester, was born on 22 December 1911 at 50 Main Street, Portlaoise, the son of Thomas Clear, a carpenter, and Lizzie Clear (née Scott). Educated at a local secondary school in Portlaoise, he obtained a county council scholarship in 1930 to study…

Connor (O'Connor), Bernard

Connor (O'Connor), Bernard (c.1666–1698), royal physician, anatomist, and historian, was born into a catholic family in Co. Kerry, one of at least three children of Bernard O'Connor, possibly a member of the branch of the lords of Kerry, whose seat was at Carrigafoyle;…

Coulter, Thomas

Coulter, Thomas (1793–1843), botanist and medical doctor, was born 28 September 1793 at Carnbeg, a farmhouse north-west of Dundalk, Co. Louth, eldest among four sons and one daughter of Samuel Coulter, gentleman farmer, and his wife Anne (née Dickie). His father's family, of…

De la Beche, Henry Thomas

De la Beche, Henry Thomas (1796–1855), geologist, illustrator, and founder of the geological survey of Great Britain and Ireland, was born 10 February 1796 at 21 Wimpole St., London, the only son of Thomas De la Beche, lieutenant-colonel in the Norfolk fencible cavalry regiment, and…

Delap, Constance

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Delap, Maude Jane

Delap, Maude Jane (1866–1953), naturalist and marine biologist, was born 7 December 1866 at Templecrone rectory, Co. Donegal, seventh of ten children of the Rev. Alexander Delap and Anna Jane Delap (née Goslett). In 1874 the family moved to Co. Kerry on her father's appointment as…

Dixon, Henry Horatio

Dixon, Henry Horatio (1869–1953), botanist, was born 19 May 1869 in Dublin, youngest son among seven sons and two daughters of George Dixon, soap manufacturer, and his wife Rebecca, daughter of George Yeates, scientific-instrument maker. His father had an interest in science and his…

Donnelly, John

Donnelly, John (1934–1991), chemist, was born 8 August 1934 in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, second son among three sons and two daughters of Michael Donnelly, garda sergeant, originally from Dublin, and Maureen Donnelly (née Carroll) from Tipperary. He spent his early life in Nenagh,…

Dunican, Laurence Kieran (‘L. Kieran’)

Dunican, Laurence Kieran (‘L. Kieran’) (1935–98), microbiologist, was born 29 January 1935 at 92 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin, eldest among three sons and two daughters of James Joseph Dunican, teacher and dairy farmer of Horseleap, Co. Westmeath, and Mary Lucy Dunican (…

Farran, George Philip

Farran, George Philip (1876–1949), marine taxonomist and fisheries scientist, was born 21 November 1876 at Knocklyon House, Templeogue, Co. Dublin, eldest among two sons and two daughters of Edmond Chomley Farran, a man of private income, of Belcamp Park, Raheny, Co. Dublin, and…

Fearon, William Robert

Fearon, William Robert (1892–1959), biochemist, was born 14 October 1892 in Holles St., Dublin, the only son of a presbyterian minister, William Fearon of Kells, Co. Meath, and Nannie Fearon (neé Morrow). His father died when he was very young and from the age of 3 he lived with…

Ferguson, John Creery

Ferguson, John Creery (1802–65), medical doctor, was born 22 August 1802 at Tandragee, Co. Armagh, son of Thomas Ferguson, doctor and apothecary, and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Creery, rector of Tandragee. Thomas practised in Tandragee and then Dublin, where he later died…