Sir Albert Charles Seward (1863-1941), botanist and geologist, was born at Lancaster on 9 October 1863. He attended Lancaster Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he gained a Harkness scholarship in 1888. He was a Fellow and tutor of Emmanuel College, 1899-1906. Seward became university lecturer in botany in 1890, and was Professor of Botany, 1906-1936. He was Master of Downing College, 1915-1936, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1924-1926. He was knighted in 1936, and died at Oxford on 11 April 1941.
Dukinfield Henry Scott (1854-1934), palaeobotanist, was born in London on 28 November 1854. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, 1872-1876, and trained as an engineer, 1876-1879. After studying botany at Wrzburg, 1880-1882, he was in charge, under T.H. Huxley, of botanical work at the Normal School of Science, 1885-1892. He became an honorary director of the Jodrell Laboratory, Kew, in 1892. Scott retired to Oakley House, near Basingstoke, in 1906, where he died on 29 January 1934.