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Brittain, Thomas (1806–1884), naturalist

W. E. A. Axon

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Brittain, Thomas (1806–1884), naturalist, was born in Sheffield on 2 January 1806, and baptized at the Howard Street Independent Chapel there on 27 February 1806, the son of Samuel Brittain and his wife, Ann. After receiving his education at a private school he followed a career as a professional accountant. Throughout his life, however, he pursued an active amateur interest in natural science and especially, after 1834 when he obtained his first microscope, in microscopy. On 29 March 1836 he married ...

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Subjects: Natural History

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