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Mowbray, George Mordey (05 May 1814–21 June 1891), chemist and explosives manufacturer, was born in Brighton, England; the names of his parents are unknown. Mowbray recounted of his early life only that he studied organic chemistry in England, France, and Germany before becoming a pharmaceutical manufacturer, then a drug wholesaler in England. A voyage prescribed for poor health took him to South America, where he became interested in the nitrate industry. Continuing his journey around the Horn, he fetched up in the gold fields of California; working as an assayer, chemist, and amateur surgeon to the miners restored his energy. He married Annie Fade, a native of Kent, England, apparently around 1857, though whether he returned to England for that purpose is not clear. They had no children of their own, but they adopted Annie Mowbray’s orphaned nephew, Henry Siddons, who took their surname. They took up residence in New York in 1858, and Mowbray became a research chemist for the wholesale drug firm of Schieffelin Brothers and Company....