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Robley Dunglison. Engraving after a daguerreotype. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-98482).


Dunglison, Robley (04 January 1798–01 April 1869), author, medical educator, and physiologist, was born in Keswick, Cumberland, England, the son of William Dunglison, a wool manufacturer, and Elizabeth Jackson. Dunglison attended Brisco Hill in Cumberland and Green Row Academy, where he obtained facility in Greek and Latin. Later he acquired fluency in French and German and cultivated his gift for writing. The death of a rich uncle thwarted the plan for him to become a planter in the West Indies....


Smith, Homer William (02 January 1895–25 March 1962), physiologist and science popularizer, was born in Denver, Colorado, the son of Albert C. Smith and Margaret E. Jones. His mother died when he was almost seven. Smith grew up in Cripple Creek, Colorado, but returned to Denver to finish his high school education after the death of his father around 1911. A chemistry book had sparked his lifelong fascination with science, which he studied at the University of Denver (A.B., 1917). His military service was spent partly in the laboratory of ...