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Phyllis May Sykes

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4530
  1. Michael Matthews

Phyllis May Richards was born in Wakefield, the younger of two sisters. Both her parents were active participants in the life of the local church, but one died when she was still only a child and the other when she was 13, so she and her sister, Connie, were brought up by a housekeeper and her husband. They were financially supported by a benevolent uncle.

Phyllis was a clever and intelligent child who was good at all the subjects in the school curriculum, especially mathematics …

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