Henry Drysdale Dakin 1880-1952

  title={Henry Drysdale Dakin 1880-1952},
  author={Percival Horton-Smith Hartley},
  journal={Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={128 - 148}
  • P. Hartley
  • Published 1 November 1952
  • History
  • Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society
Henry Drysdale Dakin was born at 60 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead, London, on 12 March 1880. He was the youngest of a family of eight, there being five brothers and three sisters of whom one brother and two sisters now survive. His father, Thomas Burns Dakin, had previously owned a sugar refinery in London, and when this came to an end he acquired an iron and steel business in Leeds, and the whole family removed to Yorkshire. After a brief spell at Merchant Taylors’ School, H. D. Dakin entered… 
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Henry Drysdale Dakin 1880–1952
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  • C. Ambrose
  • Medicine
    Journal of medical biography
  • 2018
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